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In the fall of 1931, Thalia Massie, the bored, aristocratic wife of a young naval officer stationed in Honolulu, accused six nonwhite islanders of gang rape. The ensuing trial let loose a storm of racial and sexual hysteria, but the case against the suspects was scant and the trial ended in a hung jury. Outraged, Thalia s socialite mother arranged the kidnapping and murder of one of the suspects. In the spectacularly publicized trial that followed, Clarence Darrow came to Hawai i to defend Thalia s mother, a sorry epitaph to a noble career.It is one of the most sensational criminal cases in American history, Stannard has rendered more than a lurid tale.One hundred and fifty years of oppression came to a head in those sweltering courtrooms.In the face of overwhelming intimidation from a cabal of corrupt military leaders and businessmen, various people involved with the case the judge, the defense team, the jurors, a newspaper editor, and the accused themselves refused to be cowed. Their moral courage united the disparate elements of the non-white community and galvanized Hawai i s rapid transformation from an oppressive white-run oligarchy to the harmonic, multicultural American state it became. Honor Killing is a great true crime story worthy of Dominick Dunne both a sensational read and an important work of social history "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143036630
ISBN-10: 0143036637
Format: Paperback / softback
(213mm x 141mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 2-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Professor of American Studies David E Stannard

David E. Stannard received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a professor of American studies at the University of Hawai i. A Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and American Council of Learned Societies fellow and a widely recognized authority on Hawai ian history and culture, he has written five previous books, including American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World."