Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings
Viking, Oct 2001, 22.95, 288 pp.
In 1891 at San Francisco's posh Palace Hotel, Hawaiian King Kalakau lies dying in a suite. Apparently, much of the island elite, hanger-ons, and creditors have arrived not so much out of respect, but to gain an edge after His Highness dies. Most of the entourage and several local Americans like the Examiner's Ambrose Bierce debate whether the Unites States should annex Hawaii.