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Unfamiliar Fishes
 
 
Author
Sarah Vowell.
Publisher Riverhead  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781594487873
Pages/Publication Date 238/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31233
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From the author of The Wordy Shipmates comes this examination of Hawaii as the place where "Manifest Destiny" got a sunburn. While many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, as the United States, in an orgy of imperialism, annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, then invaded Cuba and later the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight. Her account of events leading up to the annexation of Hawaii features a cast of beguiling, often tragic, characters: whalers who fired cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their God-given right to whores; an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband; sugar barons, lepers, and con men; Theodore Roosevelt; and Lili'uokalani, the last Hawaiian queen, whose sentimental song "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the first Hawaiian president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade.
 
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