- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Island Style Pr; 1st edition (2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 096334840X
- ISBN-13: 978-0963348401
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To Steal a Kingdom: Probing Hawaiian History 1st Edition
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"...powerful indictment of the western intrusion on Hawaii...an angry and powerful book...but stops short of being a polemic." -- James McCutcheon, Professor of History American Studies, U. of Hawaii-Manoa
"I've read all the histories of Hawaii...Dougherty's is the best researched and documented of the lot." -- Jerry Hopkins, author "No One Here Gets Out Alive" about The Doors
"The outstanding work on intolerance in North America." -- Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award'97
"Voices harmonizing with Dougherty include Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain and Queen Liliuokalani." -- Journal of American History, June 1994
From the Publisher
Like the trade winds blowing,Michael Dougherty's TO STEAL A KINGDOM brings a breath of fresh air to Hawaii studies, where the cloud of missionary filial piety has been conspicuous.Dougherty, a free-lance writer and filmmaker, relied heavily upon documentary sources compiled over a period of twenty years and,as much as possible,let historical personages speak for themselves. Voices harmonizing with him include Herman Melville. Mark Twain,Robert Louis Stevenson and the deposed Queen Liliuokalani.They are the heroes.The villains are five generations of the Gerrit P.Judd family and other American missionary/businessmen who nearly wiped out the Hawaiians while aiding and abetting the theft of the kingdom and then covering their thieving tracks by largely controlling documentary sources and the writing of Hawaiian history.[In]its factual and logical questioning of the process by which much of Hawaiian history has been written lies the SIGNAL contribution of this important probing work. The Journal of American History abridged
"The outstanding work on intolerance in North America" Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award'97
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This book was more concerned with relaying historical detail which did create a strong argument that Hawaii was attained immorally. The author did little of sharing his own opinion but rather reported more research of the quotes of others. This definitely serves a purpose and is valuable, but don't read it unless you are prepared for that.
The author's model was to base chapters on certain individuals who played a prominent role in the history of Hawaii and its annexation to the United States. This is often confusing because you read about someone way back at the beginning and then they are mentioned at the end of the text and you can't remember who they are. If anything this book has served to spark my interest further on the topic and I will look for another book to get a better grasp.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about one of the great injustices of the American 19th century.