A "San Francisco Chronicle" Bestseller "A sweeping tale of tragedy, greed, betrayal, and imperialism... The depth of her research shines through the narrative, and the lush prose and quick pace make for engaging reading... absorbing." --"Library Journal" (Starred review) "Richly...sourced... [Siler is] able to color in many figures who had heretofore existed largely in outline or black and white... a solidly researched account of an important chapter in our national history, one that most Americans don't know but should... an 1893 New York Times headline called [the annexation] 'the political crime of the century.'" --"The New York Times Book Review" "Julia Flynn Siler's "Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure" is a well-told history of the U.S. acquisition of Hawaii. The central figure is Lili'uokalani, who had the misfortune of being queen when Uncle Sam closed his grasp on the islands." --"The Seattle Times" ""[A] well-researched, nicely contextualized history . . . It was indeed, as Siler characterizes it, 'one of the most audacious land grabs of the Gilded Age.'" --"LA Times" "[Julia Flynn] Siler captures... what Hawaii was then and what it has evolved into today. What happened to the islands is known as one of the most aggressive takeovers of the Gilded Age... Siler gives us a riveting and intimate look at the rise and tragic fall of Hawaii's royal family... [It] is a reminder that Hawaii remains one of the most breathtaking places in the world. Even if the kingdom is lost." -Fortune "Siler rehearses the dark imperial history of how Americans first arrived in the islands, how they rose in power and how they deposed the queen and took everything... This is mostly the story of white entrepreneurs and missionaries who came and conquered... A well-rendered narrative of paradise and imperialism." --"Kirkus Review" "This imperial land grab in our not so distant pastl
About the Author
Julia Flynn Siler is an award-winning journalist. Her book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty was a New York Times bestseller. She has written for Business Week and The New York Times, and is now a contributing writer for The Wall Street Journal in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and sons.
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