Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Honor Killing by Professor of American Studies David E Stannard

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

Buy Honor Killing by Professor of American Studies David E Stannard from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

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

Book Reviews - Honor Killing by Professor of American Studies David E Stannard

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Honor Killing book by Professor of American Studies David E Stannard and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


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.