University of Hawaii Press
Condition: Hard cover; clean, no marks; 239 pps.
A California tycoon who built a second sugar empire by bold and dubious methods, Spreckels was a domineering interloper in the economic scene of the Hawaiian Islands between 1865 and 1905. A poker-playing crony and financial backer of “merry monarch” Kalakaua, last king of Hawaii. A cunning opportunist who seemingly drained the islanders’ resources and gave nothing in return. This factual account of the story reveals that the “rascal” might well have contributed more to the economic progress of the islands than any one of the more sedate businessmen of the period.
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