Tautai: Samoa, World History, and the Life of Ta'isi O. F. Nelson (Hardback)Patricia O'Brien (author)
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Using private papers and interviews, O'Brien tells a deeply compelling account of Ta'isi's life lived through turbulent decades. By following Ta'isi's story readers also learn a history of Samoa's Mau movement that attracted international attention. The author's care for detail provides a nuanced interpretation of its history and Ta'isi's role in the broader context of world history.
The first biography of Ta'isi O. F. Nelson, Tautai is a powerful and passionate story that is both personal and one that encircles the globe. It touches on shared histories and causes that have animated and enraged populations across the world throughout the twentieth century to the present day.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
This book is so full and rich with detail that I advise you all, read it two pages at a time, read the two pages and put it down until the next day. It is a remarkable book that every Samoan should read.--Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi "Samoa Planet"
In this complex, multisided history of Germany's and then New Zealand's colonial administration of Samoa, Ta'isi O. F. Nelson emerges as a fascinating, profoundly intelligent, courageous, and indefatigable leader of Samoa's drive for independence.--Albert Wendt, award-winning novelist and poet
O'Brien brilliantly divulges how Ta'isi used Western ideologies to deal with a Western institution. . . . Tautai is a wonderful contribution to Pacific Islands resistance and decolonization studies, and more generally to world, Pacific, and Samoan political history. . . . [T]his book captures the essence of Samoa's struggle in the context of a tectonic movement in world history in which passionate local agents and activists promoting change emerged to contest the injustice, instability, and odiousness of colonial forms of government across the globe.--Brian Alofaituli "The Contemporary Pacific, 30:2 (Fall 2018)"
Patricia O'Brien's biography offer[s] a fascinating, detailed and deeply researched portrait of one of Sa moa's national heroes. It is sure to become the standard work on this remarkable man.--Matthew P. Fitzpatrick "Australian Historical Studies, 49:2 (2018)"
Through one extraordinary life, Patricia O'Brien has written a major account of converging modern worlds. Her study of Ta'isi O. F. Nelson links empire, war, capitalism, anti-colonialism, and internationalism over six tumultuous decades. Deeply researched, this book is both a world history of Samoa, and a Pacific history of the early twentieth-century world.--Alison Bashford, University of Cambridge
Tautai provides a fascinating view of Samoa's global history, and key historical figures during a tumultuous time. Throughout the book, the author has articulated a complex and nuanced narrative which brings to life Ta'isi, his family, Samoa and its multiple relationships abroad. . . . O'Brien's coverage is vast and this source provides a key reference point for interested scholars, academics, students and family members.--Safua Akeli Amaama, Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa "The Journal of Samoan Studies, 7:3 (2017)"