Thursday, September 8, 2016

Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawai'i

Author: Susanna Moore
Stars: 4
Review by: Mandy Apgar

A history of the Hawaiian islands, but sadly lacking in any real explanation as to how they were settled, which is how this gets bumped from a 5. Accounts of the early kings, issues with missionaries, dealing with the influx of problems as more and more persons try to enforce not only their lifestyle but also try to "civilize" persons already far advanced in many ways. And of course the decimation of the native population and species by the influx of imported diseases and poaching. Then, a bit too quickly explained I think, the annexation of Hawai'i. A very well done and thoughtful book, but often sad for showing how poorly humankind has treated itself and nature at times.

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