This book is meticulously researched; Coffman goes above and beyond in culling resources to push forward his main arguments. He derives his conclusion...moreThis book is meticulously researched; Coffman goes above and beyond in culling resources to push forward his main arguments. He derives his conclusions using an abundance of quotes and references from various primary and secondary sources. It’s not just Coffman’s analysis or opinions on display; with every paragraph, he manages to make points, create questions, settle arguments, and move forward the narrative with finely crafted references. It’s truly a dual-nation analysis as he not only covers the events and personalities involved in the plot to annex Hawai’i to the United States, but also analyzes the motives and actions of many key players in Washington D.C. Theodore Roosevelt and his rise to power is an ongoing narrative in the book that parallels the growing push of the United States toward an expansionist and militaristic policy. On the other end of the spectrum, Coffman also makes it a point to wipe away the historical notion that the overthrow and annexation were met with very little resistance. In "Nation Within" he references numerous sources pointing to a very strong, patriotic and intelligent Native Hawaiian resistance that existed to oppose the encroachment of their land by the proponents of annexation.
I nearly stopped reading this book because I could barely get through the horrible beginning. The writing was very bland and uninteresting, and seemed...moreI nearly stopped reading this book because I could barely get through the horrible beginning. The writing was very bland and uninteresting, and seemed to jump around with little build. Thankfully, I skipped ahead to where he starts getting into MMA with Pat Militech and it picks up from there in both content and in style, although there are lots of long-winded personal diatribes I found very uninteresting. It's biggest appeal is to see the MMA world from Hughes' perspective, although a lot of it is colored with his own biases and didn't share some fight information that would've made him look less formidable. Ultimately, I ended up disliking Hughes more after reading the book than before--he kinda comes off as an unapologetic douche and bully most of the time. There are times where I like and admire him--it's funny to hear his ribs with the guys and his wife--but most of the time he comes off like a prick, unintentional or not.(less)
With this book, Cohen was attempting to chart the course of the airline through a narrative and large collection of photographs...Through his hard wor...moreWith this book, Cohen was attempting to chart the course of the airline through a narrative and large collection of photographs...Through his hard work and research, Cohen crafted a terrific history of the airline—one that charts its roots in early Hawaiian aviation, through the Great Depression, World War II, the post-war boom and jet age, and deregulation...[Continue Reading:](less)
A fun, enjoyable book very similar along the vein of Mick Foley's first (which is the only one I've read). It helps if you're a fan of Chris Jericho a...moreA fun, enjoyable book very similar along the vein of Mick Foley's first (which is the only one I've read). It helps if you're a fan of Chris Jericho and his earlier work like myself. The book paces well, is genuinely funny (there are a few groanworthy puns, but a lot of real-life situations set up a good punchline), and I came out of this book respecting Jericho more as a person than anything. Quite different from say...Matt Hughes's book which made me not like the guy. Nothing hard-hitting or scandalous--Jericho talks honestly about other wrestlers, but it comes off as more humorous than scathing.
A must read for wrestling fans looking for something a bit more positive and less "shocking and horrifying" about the business...but not so much for non-fans. Foley is probably a better introductory book as he is a bit more explanatory about wrestling ins and outs, but Jericho would be a good follow-up.(less)