"Tahitian salvation from the pretty picture could get ugly . . . but at least Kahn's book already alerts the international media to scrutinize Tahiti and French Polynesia under critical commentary, and not just the travel pages."
"A welcome addition to any ethnography course focusing on the Pacific, as well as courses or scholarship concerning tourism, the philosophy of space and place, the military in the Pacific, and the effects of colonialism. . . . any museum studies or museum anthropology course delving into the politics of display."
-Jennifer Wagelie, Pacific Affairs, December 2012
"This is a work for scholars seeking a dual view of both Polynesian and European perspectives and practices from one of the most mythical places in the world."
-Matt Matsuda, Pacific Historical Review, February 2012
"Kahn foregrounds the intertwined European and indigenous histories and experiences that constitute Tahiti and provides us with Tahitians' perspectives on life in a place that figures so centrally in historical and contemporary imaginings of tropical paradise. . . . methodologically and ethnographically rich."
-Colleen Ballerino Cohen, American Anthropologist, September 2012
"Kahn's book is an enjoyable ethnographic exploration of power, imagination, and the social production of space in its past and present."
-Susanna Trnka, Journal of Anthropological Research, Volume 67 2011
"Kahn writes beautifully about a beautiful place, which makes her book highly readable and inviting. With this accessibility, the theoretical dimension comes alive, and Kahn's work is, most importantly, the exposition of a sophisticated and powerfully explanatory political philosophy of space. Summing up: Highly recommended."
-Choice, November 2011