The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

John Tayman is the former deputy editor of "Outside" magazine. He has been editor-at-large for "Men's Journal", executive editor of "New England Monthly" and contributing editor to "Life", "GQ", "People", "Men's Health", and "Business 2.0".
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743233019
ISBN-10: 0743233018
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: January 9th, 2007
Pages: 421
Language: English