Captive Paradise by James L. Haley audiobook

Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

By James L. Haley
Read by Joe Barrett

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780312600655
13.55 Hours Unabridged
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In the tradition ofNathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough comes the first full-scale narrativehistory of Hawaii, an epic tale of empire, industry, war, and culture. The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the onlyone to have once been a royal kingdom. After its discovery by Captain Cook inthe late eighteenth century, Hawaii was fought over by European powersdetermined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific.The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the strugglebetween a native culture with its ancient gods, sexual libertinism, and ritesof human sacrifice and the rigid values of the Calvinists. While Hawaii’s royalrulers adopted Christianity, they also fought to preserve their ancient ways.But the success of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their fate, and in1893 the American Marines overthrew Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. Captive Paradise is the story of King Kamehameha I, the Conqueror, who unified the islands through terror and bloodshed but whosedynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels,who brilliantly outmaneuvered his competitors; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston,who was determined that Hawaii be ruled by whites; of President McKinley, whopresided over the eventual annexation of the islands. Not since JamesMichener’s classic novel Hawaii has there been such a vibrant andcompelling portrait of an extraordinary place and its people.

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Summary

Summary

In the tradition ofNathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough comes the first full-scale narrativehistory of Hawaii, an epic tale of empire, industry, war, and culture.

The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the onlyone to have once been a royal kingdom. After its discovery by Captain Cook inthe late eighteenth century, Hawaii was fought over by European powersdetermined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific.The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the strugglebetween a native culture with its ancient gods, sexual libertinism, and ritesof human sacrifice and the rigid values of the Calvinists. While Hawaii’s royalrulers adopted Christianity, they also fought to preserve their ancient ways.But the success of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their fate, and in1893 the American Marines overthrew Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.

Captive Paradise is the story of King Kamehameha I, the Conqueror, who unified the islands through terror and bloodshed but whosedynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels,who brilliantly outmaneuvered his competitors; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston,who was determined that Hawaii be ruled by whites; of President McKinley, whopresided over the eventual annexation of the islands. Not since JamesMichener’s classic novel Hawaii has there been such a vibrant andcompelling portrait of an extraordinary place and its people.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The story of our 50th state and how it was forced to change. Hawaii was ruled by a monarchy until 1893, when a group of foreigners (primarily American) staged a coup d’état. This book tells its history and focuses on how we stole it.” Steve Barry, New York Times bestselling author
“A potent reminder of the crucial significance of Hawaii…Captive Paradise begins with a memorably fine account of the murderous moments leading up to Captain Cook’s death at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island in 1779. Mr. Haley then weaves his way through the tortuous history of the various monarchs and princes…[and] missionaries and of their descendants who made so many ungodly fortunes in pineapple, sugar, and rice.” Wall Street Journal
“Haley’s story goes beyond surfboards and orchids; it is a dramatic history of the US’s most recent and complex state.” Shelf-Awareness.com
“This expansive work from historian and novelist Haley focuses on Hawaii’s annexation by the United States…[An] eye-opening study of Hawaii before it became a modern tourism capital—the Hawaii which continues to fascinate Westerners today.” Publishers Weekly
“A haunting tale of imperialism…Brimming with phrases in the Hawaiian language, this meticulously researched account contains everything from local folklore to biographies of prestatehood rulers…Essential for readers interested in American history or politics.” Library Journal
“[An] excellent survey…This is a revealing and balanced view of Hawaii’s history in the nineteenth century.” Booklist
“Revisionist, evenhanded look at Hawaiian dynastic tenacity against ceaseless challenges by larger imperialist powers…A pertinent work of keen understanding of the complex Hawaiian story.” Kirkus Reviews
“Barrett’s folksy, gravelly baritone is clear and easy to follow. Both Haley and Barrett treat the Hawaiian language with respect, aiming for accurate pronunciations whenever possible. Barrett does his best even with lengthy discussions of Ali’i genealogy. This is a significant contribution to an often overlooked subject.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Only Covers up to Annexation

History books aren’t typically something I enjoy. They tend to be slanted in one direction or another, usually in a way that aggrandizes those being written about. Not so with Haley’s latest history. He presents a history that treats both the native Hawaiians and those from other countries with equal scrutiny, but with a pinch of sympathy for the natives.

This audiobook isn’t exactly a full history of Hawaii. Instead, it covers up to the annexation of Hawaii into the United States of America. Much of it focuses on the political aspects of the island nation, particularly on the royalty’s constant weighing of who to align themselves with on the international scene – Britain, France, the United States of America, Japan?

This audiobook also explores the complexities of being Hawaiian and the great strides they made to present themselves to the world as a bright and promising nation. At one time, for example, Hawaii boasted the highest literacy rate in the world. Not too shabby for a nation that had a strictly oral tradition up to that point. I would have preferred a narrator with a more laid-back, Pacific sounding voice instead of Joe Barrett’s distinctly East Coast sounding one, but other than that, the narration was top notch.

Author

Author Bio: James L. Haley

Author Bio: James L. Haley

James L. Haley grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in political science. His works of history include ApachesThe Buffalo War, and Sam Houston: A Life, which won nine historical and literary awards. Haley is also the author of four novels. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English