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Booking Hawaii Five-O : An Episode Guide and Critical History of the 1968-1980 Television Detective Series Hardcover – February 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0786401710 ISBN-10: 0786401710

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786401710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786401710
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,397,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Insightful...Rhodes’s prose is crisp and elegant” --ARBA

“A season-by-season look…even details the collectibles available from the series” --Burlington County Times

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A former librarian, Karen Rhodes lives in Middleburg, Florida.

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Darthjal on January 15, 2002
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I'm glad I have this book - it's a handy resource when I need to find out if someone ever appeared on the series (though some of the names in the index are out of order - John Lennon, for example, who btw is not THE John Lennon) or in a particular episode.
However, as an "episode guide," it's of limited usefulness; if you happen to remember each episode by name that's fine, but if you are reading one of these entries and trying to figure out if it's one you've seen, good luck. I was really hoping for a brief synopsis of each episode. That would make for a much bigger book, granted, but also a more useful one. We are talking about nearly 300 episodes here - some of us (and even historians) might need a little help.
This might be excusable if the episode writeups were lighter on opinion and heavier on relevant information. "The Guarnerius Caper," for example, is the story of a Soviet violinist whose instrument is stolen, causing considerable diplomatic discomfort. Hawaii Five-O often did episodes about political relations with make-believe nations; this is one of the few episodes that acknowledges real-life politics: the Cold War. Is any of this mentioned in Rhodes's discussion of the episode? Sadly, no.
Thus, as a "critical history," it is even more disappointing than the episode guide. It's a sketchy history at best, and reads more like a fan's personal memoir. Criticism is far more credible when the author tries to be objective; at times it seems Rhodes is writing a love poem to Steve McGarrett (and/or Jack Lord). She makes a catty remark about someone who quit the show to pursue other interests (Zulu wanted to do comedy), and editorializes on the worthlessness of basketball (the show was sometimes pre-empted by basketball during its original run).
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been a longtime Hawaii Five - O fan and was delighted to hear that someone had finally done an episode guide and critical review of the long running series. But, I'm sorry to say, this ain't it, folks. The author has already explained why she could not meet with the stars and crew for research on this book, making one wonder, frankly, why the publisher bought it. As an episode guide it is only so-so; most of the symposis are sketchy at best, assuming one already has a knowledge of all 12 years worth of episodes. The 'critical review' part of the book is primarily recitations of likes and dislikes by the author and her friends. Some are perfectly valid and some are unbelievably trivial. Note the thrashing the final episode Woe To Wo Fat receives. Although not a strong episode to begin with, the author totally misses the point to the ending - it's tongue in cheek! After 12 years, I think 5-0 was entitled to a laugh, especially when Wo pulls out the proverbial file while in jail. There is nothing in the book that cannot be gleaned by public resources, i.e. old magazine articles, Honolulu newspapers, etc. Perhaps the author had more sources than this - maybe these were the items 'deleted' by the publisher, but the end result is a rather bland, overpriced episode guide. Sorry, but Steve McGarrett & team deserved better than this!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By a customer on August 9, 2006
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Beware! This is NOT an episode guide. It is only commentary on all of the episodes. An episode guide SHOULD give a synopsis, or at least 2 or 3 lines describing the episode. This book lists each episode title with credits. Then it makes commentary on each episode and only in a rare few cases does it describe the episode. It assumes that you already know each episode. Descriptions of most of the episodes just don't exist in this book. What an expensive disappointment! Save your money and use internet episode guides for this great TV series.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on April 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although a fan of the gritty "realism" of the current cop shows like "NYPD," "Law & Order," and the late-lamented "Homicide: Life on the Streets," I still get excited when I think about the 12 years that I spent "hooked" on the police tactics of one Steve McGarrett and his crack team of detectives. No show, before or since, had such a look and sound.
The music, the scenery, the guest performers, story synopses, Jack Lord's hair, and Wo Fat are all lovingly included in this chronicle. At a little over 300 pages the book brings to the light many interesting tid-bits about the production of this long-running cop show.
It is for fans and television historians that this book is intended and it does its task marvelously.
A well-researched and entertaining critique!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By husingj@dislink.jcte.jcs.mil on December 29, 1998
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I found Booking Hawaii Five-O very interesting and informative. I too wish there had been some interviews with the main actors. That would have added to the value of the book. More photos could have been used also. I liked the summary of each episode and little insights into each story and some of the actors. It is surprising that more hasn't been written about Hawaii Five-O since it was the longest running police show in TV history (12 years). Periodic reunions of the cast of Hawaii Five-O are held. The last one that I know of was in 1996 held both in Los Angeles and Honolulu. James MacArthur was in attendance at both locations as was Herman Weidemeyer and others. The reunion was open to the general public for a nominal fee. I would like to know when the next reunion is going to be. MacArthur is 58 years old and lives in Palm Desert, CA near Palm Springs. Both Jack Lord and Richard Denning died in 1998. Kam Fong who played Chin Ho still lives in Hawaii.
Hawaii Five-O memorabilia can be found at Bailey's Antique Shop at 517 Kapahulu Ave Honolulu, HI.
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