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Popular Pacific nonfiction

Our most popular Pacific nonfiction books from the last year.

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War in the South Pacific

Jon Diamond

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The Japanese invaded the Solomon Islands in May 1942 and in February 1943, after an epic six-month struggle, they were expelled from the island. The campaign was eventually successful but only after some of the bitterest fighting of World War II.

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Born to fight

Mark Hunt

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Raw, confronting and honest, UFC champion Mark Hunt's inspiring autobiography shows it is possible to defy the odds and carve a better life.

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From Samoa with love?

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Volkerschauen, or human ethnological displays, promised to take visitors "around the world for fifty pennies," providing a popular entertainment in Germany. Many Samoans of high social status traveled to Germany to take part and forge political ties.

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Evil paradise

Jane Schwalger-Wyatt

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Based on the author's unique and moving life story. Jane Schwalger-Wyatt was born the illegitimate child of a wealthy plantation owner's nephew and a traditional village girl on the Polynesian island of Samoa.

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O le Vala'au mai le Tu'ugamau

Matavai Tautunu Aumua

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Samoan poetry and literature of the 21st century. Text in Samoan.

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Tala lelei ia Iesu Keriso sa faamauina e Mareko

Ioane Asalele. Afoa

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Literary criticism and interpretation of the Bible in Samoan.

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Pacific art

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Based on papers presented at the Special Session of the Pacific Arts Association, this book contains multiple papers on Pacific art, collection, and ethnography.

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Taeao mua

Ioane Asalele. Afoa

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The first Bible dictionary written in the Samoan language, Taeao Mua, is the result of a seven-year “labour of love” for Reverend Dr. Ioane Asalele Lefauaitu Afoa.

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History of Samoa

Robert MacKenzie Watson

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Reprint of the 1918 publication by Whitcombe and Tombs. A history of Samoa covering from prior to 1830 up until 1917.

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Fa'afaigofieina o fa'alupega o Samoa

Tanuvasa Tofaeono Tavale

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An etiquette guide to forms of address for Samoan chiefs in different villages. Text in Samoan.

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Tala o le Vavau = Myths, legends and customs of old Samoa

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Mythology, legends, and folklore of the Samoan Islands. Text in Samoan and English.

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Return to paradise

James A. Michener

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Factual essays woven into his stories convey the author's impressions of the beautiful Pacific Islands.

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Legacy

Tim Cahill

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Born in Sydney to a Samoan mother and Londoner father, Tim Cahill grew up a long way from his father's beloved West Ham. After attaining cult-hero status among football fans, he signed for Everton, where he would enjoy a stellar international career.

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