An irreverent analysis of late-nineteenth-century imperialism in the United States focuses on the annexation of Hawaii as a defining historical milestone, covering such contributing factors as the missionary overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the activities of whaling fleets.
Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for public radio's
This American Life and has written for
Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice, and the
Los Angeles Times. She is the author of
Radio On, Take the Cannoli, and
The Partly Cloudy Patriot. She lives in New York City.
John Slattery has starred on Broadway in
Rabbit Hole, Betrayal, and
Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Off-Broadway credits include
Three Days of Rain (L.A. Critics Award, Drama Desk nom.), and
The Lisbon Traviata. On television he has been seen in
Ed, K Street, Sex & the City, and
Will & Grace. Films include
Flags of Our Fathers, Mona Lisa Smile, The Station Agent,Traffic, and