I Respectfully Dissent: A Biography of Edward H. Nakamura

Paperback: $14.99
ISBN-13: 9780824835729
Published: May 2012
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184 pages
  • About the Book
  • Tom Coffman’s portrait of Edward Nakamura is both insightful biography and engrossing political history. The arc of the story may sound familiar (the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the GI Bill, Statehood), but it is strewn with surprise, resulting from Nakamura’s unshakable creed and unique angle of vision.

    Translating the political gains of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Nakamura played a central role—unpublicized—in devising arguably the most progressive program of legislation in an American state: universal health care, temporary disability insurance, collective bargaining rights for public workers, and more—all of which forever changed the Hawai‘i worker’s landscape.

    Vaulted from relative anonymity onto the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, Nakamura was acclaimed for his powerful intellect, his writing, and, most of all, his iron will and integrity. In retirement, he became a dissenting moral force. He fought mismanagement in the State Retirement System, helped to block a highly controversial Supreme Court appointment, and agitated for separating the high court from the Bishop Estate.

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  • About the Author(s)
    • Tom Coffman, Author

      Tom Coffman is a political reporter and author of six books, including Nation Within and Catch a Wave. His widely aired documentaries include First Battle, Arirang, and Ninoy Aquino and the Rise of People Power. He is a three-time recipient of the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s award for nonfiction, and for his cumulative work he received the Hawai‘i Award for Literature.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • This accessible biography of [Hawai‘i Supreme Court jurist] Edward Nakamura is a wonderful, insightful, nuanced and timely introduction into the world of Nakamura, but also into a political world about to be transformed from colonial-like control of the Islands by the elite white Republican plantation class prior to World War II.
      —Wayne Maeda, Nichi Bei Weekly
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