The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - History - 432 pages
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In the bestselling tradition of In the Heart of the Sea, The Colony, “an impressively researched” (Rocky Mountain News) account of the history of America’s only leper colony located on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is “an utterly engrossing look at a heartbreaking chapter” (Booklist) in American history and a moving tale of the extraordinary people who endured it.

Beginning in 1866 and continuing for over a century, more than eight thousand people suspected of having leprosy were forcibly exiled to the Hawaiian island of Molokai -- the longest and deadliest instance of medical segregation in American history. Torn from their homes and families, these men, women, and children were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and many who did were not contagious, yet all were ensnared in a shared nightmare.

Here, for the first time, John Tayman reveals the complete history of the Molokai settlement and its unforgettable inhabitants. It's an epic of ruthless manhunts, thrilling escapes, bizarre medical experiments, and tragic, irreversible error. Carefully researched and masterfully told, The Colony is a searing tale of individual bravery and extraordinary survival, and stands as a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the human spirit.
 

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User Review  - wareagle78 - LibraryThing

It may be cheating to put this book on the list but i think we are pretty much making up our own rules, and this feels like a finish of sorts to me. I've been reading The Colony for over a year. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - mmadamslibrarian - LibraryThing

I had read Molokai by Alan Brennert, and was interested in a nonfiction work on the island, but not too dry. I really enjoyed the way Talman worked in personal histories with the scientific info ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Run Population 1143
7
Scattered Seeds Population 0
20
AlmostIsland Population 0
29
A Kind of Colony Population 13
40
Order Population 106
54
Ready to Believe Population 214
69
A Far Different Position Population 385
81
Good Breeze Population 810
197
A Terrible Mistake Population 791
205
All a Man Holds Dear Population 510
220
Olivia Population 459
228
Attack Population 349
243
Like a Pebble Thrown Population 312
251
Makia Population 290
257
When You Start to Make a Fist Population 243
266

Part II
87
Be Ambitious and Bold Population 742
100
Escape Population 673
108
The Likes of Us Population 824
115
Strange Objects Population 632
126
Human Soil Population 680
133
A Strange Place to Be In Population 1144
158
Kindred Dust Population 1123
177
Civic Duty Population 857
186
Stand Up Straight Population 174
274
Orientation Population 146
285
Softer Notes Population 116
293
A Long Road Population 74
299
Stay Population 28
311
Notes
319
Selected Bibliography
387
Photo Credits
397
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John Tayman is editor at large of Men's Health. The former deputy editor of Outside magazine, he is an award-winning editor and writer, and has served as executive editor of New England Monthly, editor at large of Men's Journal, and contributing editor to Life, GQ, People, Business 2.0, and other publications. He lives in Northern California. Visit his website at www.johntayman.com.

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