Unfamiliar fishes

by Vowell, Sarah, 1969-

Format: Book on CD 2011
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"Vowell makes an excellent travelling companion, what with her rare combination of erudition and cheek."
- The New York Times Book Review

Many think of 1776 as the most defining year of American history, the year we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba, and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight.

Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing. From the arrival of the New England missionaries in 1820, who came to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d'├ętat led by the missionaries' sons in 1893, overthrowing the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling if often appalling or tragic characters. Whalers who will fire 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, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the first Hawaii-born president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade.

With Vowell's trademark wry insights and reporting, she lights out to discover the odd, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state. In examining the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn, she finds America again, warts and all.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vowell's voice, familiar to NPR listeners, is something of an acquired taste: wobbly, unpolished, with a little-girl tone that some might find grating. Listening to Vowell read her entire book might be too much of an occasionally good thing, but she effectively tones down her vocal persona by providing a star-studded array of other voices. Reading her own comic tale of the history of Hawaii and its elected kings, fruit barons, and the mixed blessings of manifest destiny, Vowell punctuates her book with brief snatches of guest readers, passing off quotations to the likes of Paul Rudd and John Slattery. Their presence, low-key as it might be, enlivens the book, giving it the feel of dialogue rather than lecture. A Riverhead hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Americanization -- History.
Imperialism -- History.
Hawaii -- History.
Hawaii -- Annexation to the United States.
Hawaii -- Colonization.
United States -- Territorial expansion.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1897-1901.
Publisher New York :Audioworks/Simon & Schuster Audio,2011
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Armisen, Fred, 1966-
Hader, Bill, 1978-
Hodgman, John.
Keener, Catherine.
Norton, Edward.
Reeves, Keanu.
Rudd, Paul.
Rudolph, Maya.
Slattery, John, 1962-
Audioworks (Firm)
Simon & Schuster Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by the author, with Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, Catherine Keener, Edward Norton, Keanu Reeves, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph and John Slattery.
Language English
Notes Container states 6 discs.
Compact disc.
Description 7 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781442337299
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