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Malia BoydFrom the outset, Siler faces certain credibility issues: she is nonnative and nonlocal. She is also working with a language—Hawaiian—that is highly nuanced, often making accurate translations difficult to come by. Yet her book is richly and diversely sourced, and she's able to color in many figures who had heretofore existed largely in outline or black and white…[Lost Kingdom] is a solidly researched account of an important chapter in our national history, one that most Americans don't know but should. It will probably provoke missionary descendants and native Hawaiians alike, which is praise in itself.
—The New York Times Book Review