Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

A blend of Jared Diamond?s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester?s Pacific, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know. For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a A blend of Jared Diamond?s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester?s Pacific, a thrilling intellectual det...

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Title:Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
Author:Christina Thompson
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Genres:History
ISBN:Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia Reviews

  • Tony
    Apr 15, 2019
    It's been a traveling year for me in books. I intentionally went first to Trieste and stayed there, for a while, longer than I planned. Oddly, it was logical to go from there directly to Wales. And I book a flight for Nowa Ruda whenever Olga calls. Still in a traveling mood, I board...
  • Jessica Howard
    Feb 12, 2019
    Very interesting! ...
  • Chrissie
    Jul 30, 2019
    The book is impressive. I rarely give non-biographical non-fiction books five stars; here I was tempted. Why? The book is cleverly set up. The information is presented chronologically, starting with the discovery of the islands by Europeans in the late 1500s. Revealing bit by bit wh...
  • Silvana
    Aug 09, 2019
    This is the first International Book of the Month picked by the members of the Non Fiction Book Club at Goodreads. I nominated it and could not be happier. What a wonderful book. Just in case you have not noticed, I love everything about the deep blue sea. I am ceaselessly in awe o...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Jun 28, 2019
    When early European explorers ? Captain Cook in particular ? encountered the Polynesian peoples living on isolated islands in the Pacific Ocean separated by thousands of miles, the logical question that came to their minds was, ?How did these people get here? And where did they c...
  • Jamie
    Mar 12, 2019
    See my review below from the March issue of Baltimore Style. Humans have had wanderlust for as long as they?ve been in existence. Christina Thompson?s Sea People : the Puzzle of Polynesia uses a variety of sciences to determine the who, what, when, where and why the South Pac...
  • Elaine
    Jul 15, 2019
    Very readable and fascinating to learn the story of how we discovered how Polynesia was settled. My favorite parts included times when native islanders were able to control the narrative of their ancestors despite interference from European anthropologists. ...
  • Kelsey
    Jun 02, 2019
    Really interesting and fun book about what we know (and don?t know) about the settlement of Polynesia, and how we came to know what we do. Wonderful combination of history, geography, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics. ...
  • Tim
    Apr 22, 2019
    FIVE STARS! This book was great. I didn?t know how interested I was until I started reading. This book combines narrative with facts in a very pleasant proportion. The really impressive facet of this book is the underlying theme of how western understanding of a foreign culture chang...
  • Christina Dudley
    May 13, 2019
    I loved this book! A fascinating history of Polynesia and of outsider perceptions of Polynesia over the few recorded centuries since western "discovery." If you love history of exploration, anthropology, seafaring, natural history, origin stories, and good old rat DNA, this is the book...
  • Mike Dettinger
    May 23, 2019
    Excellent history of European explorations and discoveries in Polynesia, and how we came to current understanding of the prehistory of the populating of that vast open universe of islands ...
  • Annie van Hilst
    Jul 18, 2019
    A fascinating and amazing read. ...
  • Corin
    Apr 13, 2019
    Fascinating! ...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Mar 27, 2019
    Summary: A mostly entertaining look at how our theories about unrecorded history evolve, with a few slow bits. "For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Un...
  • Becky Diamond
    Jan 16, 2019
    Piecing together a vast number of elements including history, science, mysticism, folklore, archeology and ancient genealogies, Thompson creates a mesmerizing account of the Polynesian puzzle. A revelatory summary of this vast area steeped in culture and tradition. Highly recommend. ...
  • Katie
    May 29, 2019
    This exploration of the history of the Polynesian people was fascinating. I received an advanced review copy of the book from Edelweiss but waited to read it until I was on vacation on the island of Kauai in Hawaii last week. Being on one of the triangles of Polynesia added an extra di...
  • Donna Davis
    Mar 12, 2019
    Christina Thompson is the author of Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which I read and loved. I was thrilled when I saw that she was about to publish another book, and even more so when I found a review copy; thanks go to Edelweiss and Harper Collins. This book is for sal...
  • Rex Fuller
    Jun 04, 2019
    Picture a gigantic triangle from New Zealand to Hawaii to Easter Island. That's Polynesia. Up until recently, the people of Polynesia were the most closely related and the most widely dispersed people on earth. Until Europeans came, Polynesians were the only people to have lived there....
  • Chrisl
    Apr 07, 2019
    Was entertained while learning for about 100 pages. But after Captain Cook's explorations, when the whalers and missionaries arrived, I started losing interest. Did appreciate her words about the Lapita https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapita_... *** Historically, perhaps my favorite c...
  • Seth Turner
    Feb 17, 2019
    Fascinating ethnographic look into the migration puzzle of the Polynesian peoples. Clearly a passion project that starts to unpack the puzzle presented in the book. Highly recommend it for anthropologists, historians, and related fields of interest. ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 12, 2019
    Starts with the European encounter with the peoples of Polynesia as they made early forays and later more systematic exploration and conquest of an Ocean that takes up nearly half globe with islands dotting its huge expanse. As the Europeans encountered people who had braved the Pacif...
  • Phillip
    Apr 07, 2019
    4.5 / 5.0 Delightful meandering tour through Western Attempts to interpret Polynesian Origins and History. Well organized and hard to put down well written. Incorporates elements of mythology astronomy geology archeology biology and tradition into a balanced summary of the eviden...
  • Clare O'Beara
    Mar 07, 2019
    This exploration of explorations of an exploring people is full of fascinations, friendships and frightening distances. Also birds - as guides, as food, as giants made extinct. The author tells us she is married to a Polynesian gentleman who is one of a people who inhabit remote isl...
  • Kathy
    Apr 30, 2019
    This is a library loan, so I must mark as "read" having read through the book once, but it is a book so full of interesting history, theories and expeditions in addition to the recounting of people who sacrificed a great deal to find truth that it could serve as reference book to repea...
  • Laura Trombley
    Mar 18, 2019
    Sea People is a wonderful little book about how and when the Polynesians ended up in Polynesia. Beginning with the moments when Europeans first discovered unknown inhabited islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean going forward through all of the documentation and then science used t...
  • Amanda
    Apr 15, 2019
    This was such a wonderful book! I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Susan Lyons, who did a great job. I do wish that the narrator had been a Polynesian person, but that's my only complaint, really. The writing is evocative and lush--at times the book reads almost like a novel....
  • AnnaG
    Jun 10, 2019
    I hoped this book would be an insight into the lives of Polynesia, their culture and history. I have read Guns, Germs and Steel and was keen to find out more. I have come away a little disappointed - if I'd paid a bit more careful attention to the subtitle - this book is really about t...
  • Nihilistic Librarian
    Apr 12, 2019
    This book absolutely blew me away. Aside from the beautiful historical narrative, it fundamentally changed the way I see the world. I come from a written history culture and Thompson was able to provide a lens to peer through into an oral history culture. From small examples like Europ...
  • Lowrie Osborne
    Apr 04, 2019
    Broadened My Horizons Thanks, Christina Thompson. Now I have a list of other books to read so I can understand even more! My first reaction to the photo section was frustration that they hadn't been in the text, but in retrospect, it was a nice surprise at the end. ...
  • Joe Bellew
    May 28, 2019
    I love history. And I didn?t know very much about this huge part of the world. ...