The Colony by John Tayman
The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai

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Beginning in 1866 and continuing for over a century, more than eight thousand people suspected of having leprosy were forcibly exiled to the Hawaiian island of Molokai -- the longest and deadliest instance of medical segregation in American history. Torn from their homes and families, these men, women, and children were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and many who did were not contagious, yet all were ensnared in a shared nightmare.

Here, for the first time, John Tayman reveals the complete history of the Molokai settlement and its unforgettable inhabitants. It's an epic of ruthless manhunts, thrilling escapes, bizarre medical experiments, and tragic, irreversible error. Carefully researched and masterfully told, The Colony is a searing tale of individual bravery and extraordinary survival, and stands as a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the human spirit.

About John Tayman

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John Tayman is editor at large of Men's Health. The former deputy editor of Outside magazine, he is an award-winning editor and writer, and has served as executive editor of New England Monthly, editor at large of Men's Journal, and contributing editor to Life, GQ, People, Business 2.0, and other publications. He lives in Northern California. Visit his website at
Published May 11, 2010 by Scribner. 434 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Tayman offers numerous fascinating personal stories of people arrested and exiled to Molokai, sometimes with mistaken leprosy diagnoses.

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Leprosy was bad enough, but Hawaii's treatment of the victims was truly abominable.

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In deftly sketching notable Molokai figures like 19th-century Catholic priest Father Damien de Veuster and the still-thriving Makia Malo, a blind patient who became the first colonist to obtain a college degree in The Colony, former Outside editor Tayman brings dignity to the 150-year history...

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