Daniel Immerwahr - How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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The United States may not call itself an empire, but as Immerwahr documents in this compelling and important book, history argues otherwise. Drawing on prodigious research, Immerwahr, author of the award-winning Thinking Small, traces the nation’s expansion from its seizure of indigenous lands and nearly one hundred uninhabited islands—initially coveted for their fertilizer—through its purchase of the Philippines and acquisition of Puerto Rico, Guam, and Cuba as spoils of the Spanish-American War, and on to the de facto colonization of additional territories as military bases. By the Second World War, these holdings comprised roughly a fifth of America's land area; today, the nearly four million people who live in the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands, Samoa, and other Pacific sites have no representation in Congress and can’t vote for president.


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ISBN: 9780374172145
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 19th, 2019

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