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Unfamiliar Fishes

Vowell, Sarah

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ISBN 10: 1594487871 / ISBN 13: 9781594487873
Published by Riverhead Hardcover, New York, 2011
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2011 As New Book, As New Unclipped jacket, First Printing 1,3,5,7,9,10,8,6,4,2 Signed by the author, (signature only), on the title page in black felt tip, 238 clean tight unmarked pages, book appears to be unread, book has light green boards with light green spine, gilt lettering on the spine, gilt letters "SV" on the front board, jacket has a color illustration of a toy pilgrim preaching to toy men on the front jacket with raised white lettering and yellow lettering, this book is pristine and looks brand new and unread. Bookseller Inventory # 003145

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Title: Unfamiliar Fishes

Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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From the bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates, comes an examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn.

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. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight.

Among the developments in these outposts of 1898, Vowell considers the Americanization of Hawaii the most intriguing. From the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820, their goal to Christianize the local heathen, to the coup d'état of the missionaries' sons in 1893, which overthrew the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, and often appealing or 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, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the first Hawaiian president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade.

With her trademark smart-alecky insights and reporting, Vowell lights out to discover the off, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state, and in so doing finds America, warts and all.

About the Author:

Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Take the Cannoli, and Radio On. A contributing editor for public radio’s "This American Life", she lives in New York City.

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