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

How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States (Hardback)

By Immerwahr, Daniel

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For a country that outwardly denies any imperial conquest, the United States owns a lot of foreign territory. Beneath its anti-expansionist rhetoric, the US has quietly created an informal empire. It has dropped bombs, staged coups, meddled in foreign elections, aided dictators, ...and `Cocacolonized' the world. But what about 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, the home of one of the nineteenth century's most valuable commodities, and the Philippines, site of the most destructive event on US soil. In Puerto Rico, Immerwahr shows how US doctors conducted grisly experiments they wouldn't have attempted on the mainland and he shows how, after the Second World War, the US moved away from colonialism in the European tradition, instead 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 9781847923981
Released NZ 15 Mar 2019
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781847923981
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint The Bodley Head Ltd
Released 15 Mar 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Immerwahr, Daniel
Category Award Winning
World History
American History
Embargos & Sanctions
Political Geography
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 973
Weight 918g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress United States - Territories and possessions - History, United States - Colonial question
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade