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How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Immerwahr, Daniel

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A pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empire We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an empire, exercising power around the world. But what ab...out the actual territories--the islands, atolls, and archipelagos--this country has governed and inhabited? In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. In crackling, fast-paced prose, he reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light. We travel to the Guano Islands, where prospectors collected one of the nineteenth century's most valuable commodities, and the Philippines, site of the most destructive event on U.S. soil. In Puerto Rico, Immerwahr shows how U.S. doctors conducted grisly experiments they would never have conducted on the mainland and charts the emergence of independence fighters who would shoot up the U.S. Congress. In the years after World War II, Immerwahr notes, the United States moved away from colonialism. Instead, it put innovations in electronics, transportation, and culture to use, devising a new sort of influence that did not require the control of colonies. Rich with absorbing vignettes, full of surprises, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today, How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history.
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ISBN 9781250251091
Released NZ 3 Mar 2020
Publisher Picador
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781250251091
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Picador
Imprint Picador USA
Released 3 Mar 2020
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Immerwahr, Daniel
Category American History
Military History
Political Structure & Processes
Colonization & Independence
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 973
Weight 386g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States - Colonial question, United States - Territories and possessions - History
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade