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This is what happened to Mamie Stover, a six-foot tall girl from Mississippi, with a shock of yellow hair and a determination to get rich and respectable. She won a beauty contest, got tossed out of Hollywood and landed in Honolulu, where with the assistance of a war and the U.S. Army she made her pile -- and an indelible impression on thousands of American fighting men.HeThis is what happened to Mamie Stover, a six-foot tall girl from Mississippi, with a shock of yellow hair and a determination to get rich and respectable. She won a beauty contest, got tossed out of Hollywood and landed in Honolulu, where with the assistance of a war and the U.S. Army she made her pile -- and an indelible impression on thousands of American fighting men.Here is a vivid, angry novel that exposes the corruption and decadence that produces girls like Mamie Stover....

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ISBN : 9780451009593
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Number of Pages : 399 Pages
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The Revolt of Mamie Stover Reviews

  • Betty
    2019-02-16 17:24

    My father was a boy during the great depression. When he was 14, he was turned out of the house and sent to make his own way in the world because his stepmother said there wasn't enough money to feed her own younger children and him. This was in Columbus Georgia. He joined up with a group of boys who learned all the wealthy people in town and who would give money and as a group they begged. When he turned 17, he joined FDR's CC Camps. Then, he joined the army at Fort Benning.In late 1941, his platoon was told they were being sent to Hawaii. My father though couldn't pass the physical because he was too thin. Of course he was terribly disappointed. His sergeant took him aside and told him to spend three days eating bananas and drinking water then go back and take the physical again. That did it. A few days after they arrived in Oahu, Pearl Harbor was bombed.Among the souvenirs my father kept from that time were a few pictures of a blond woman surrounded by service men. All he would tell me about her was that she was an actress. She wasn't a famous actress or I would've known. Mamie Stover was a beauty queen, Hollywood starlet and then a whore in Hawaii. When I heard about this book, and didn't understand that Stover was a fictional character, I wondered if she could have been the woman in those pictures. Later, I figured out that the character was based on a real person named Jean O'Hara. Jean O'Hara was brunette so she was not the woman in the pictures.Huie was a novelist and a journalist. When the murderers of 14-year-old Emmett Till were found innocent by a white jury in Mississippi, he interviewed them. To him they admitted their guilt and the story was published in Look magazine.The Revolt of Mamie Stover reads like journalism. The book is written in first person by a character who is a novelist. He meets Stover on the ship going to Hawaii. She develops trust in him and won't let him out of her life. Prostitutes in Hawaii at that time were governed by specific rules stating where they could live, where they could go, how their money was to be handled, what property they could own, etc. Stover used her friend to get around some of these rules. She wasn't allowed to bank money, but with his help she did. (The US government even set the fees a prostitute could charge. The author noted that they were the only people working for profit who were told to make less money during wartime but to do more work.)Her business was done only with enlisted men but her free time was spent only with officers. Using the influence and power of high-ranking military men, she went on to break more of these rules. The real Jean O'Hara broke the same rules. Mamie became wealthy by buying and selling real estate with her friend's help. Jean O'Hara became wealthy by buying real estate, letting the neighbors know who owned it, and waiting for them to buy her out at a considerable profit, which they did.The book is long out of print and the copy I found is brittle and not falling apart but has fallen apart. I'm not sure what to do with it. Also, the book uses racist terms freely and I could not figure out if Huie was just reporting the language of the time or if he had racist beliefs himself.It's not a great read but it is well written and was just something I had an interest in at the time.

  • Alohatiki
    2019-02-17 20:25

    My husband came home from a yard sale one day with a bunch of old paperbacks for me which included the Revolt of Mamie Stover. At first glance I just thought it was some pulpy novel since by looking at the cover nothing would suggest that this is set in Hawaii. The cover just had some busty blond looking really pissed off, I assumed since she had to "service" 51,840 soldiers.The fictional author, Madison, meets Mamie on board a freight to Honolulu. He finds out she is from a small southern town and went to be an actress in Hollywood but that didn't go so well for her. She got in trouble with a gangster who roughed her up and sent her packing to a whorehouse in Hawaii. Madison is sympathetic and tries to give her money to start a different kind of life but she is determined to be the best damn whore in the south pacific. It is nice to have a goal.Madison is successful writer who lives in an exclusive part of Oahu and seems intrigued and disgusted by the whole prospect.They keep in touch and she uses him to help squirrel her money away since she isn't allowed to open a bank account.Once World War II hits she can really make her mark. She breaks all the 13 rules that the Hawaii whores are suppose to abide by. She also builds a "bullring."This is some multi-roomed structure where she can service as any men as she can. She makes her millions, invests in property, takes over the whore house and retires from the business. A true American success story.Despite the book being about a whore, there is hardly any sex in it and nothing remotely graphic. I would think folks in 1951 might of been bummed by it. Here they think they are getting a raunchy sex book but instead get a meditation on the class system. It is a strange book that is actually more a commentary about social status in America and the minorities rising in the ranks. When I finished the booked I googled the author to try and get some insight and found out he was from the south and was very involved in the civil right movement in the south. Then the book made a little more sense.Thanks to the magic of YouTube you can now watch the 1956 movie version with Jane Russell. Though as you can imagine it is a bit cleaned up and there is no bullpen. It does appear to be filmed in Hawaii so worth watching for that alone.To read more of this review and other books about Polynesia check out myblog

  • Eric
    2019-02-12 20:20

    My Pappy gave me this book. He's a Pearl Harbor survivor and he recognizes this story as an accurate representation of the way things were as he experienced them in Hawaii. I really enjoyed the writing and learning more about a world rarely discussed in polite society. The greater questions concerning societal hierarchy that the author raises gradually snuck up on me and added even more value to Mamie Stover's story. There's also quite a bit of inspiration here for the taking for those that take the long view in knowing what they want and don't mind doing whatever it takes to get there.

  • Carolanne
    2019-01-20 16:02

    Loved this read

  • Terry
    2019-01-20 19:32

    What a woman 😎