How to Hide an Empire, by Daniel Immerwahr

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While the strength of the United States as a global force is not a secret, historian Daniel Immerwahr lays bare the breadth and width of America’s might in How to Hide an Empire. His work explores the often extractive relationships of the United States with countries like Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines and how each of these contributed to this country's economic and political growth. He also touches on the tension between America’s expansion and the necessity of maintaining its benevolent image. Tracing a line from America’s birth to the present, Immerwahr’s work is both entertaining and sobering as he brings to light a side of America that is not often covered in history class but most certainly should be.

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ISBN: 9781250251091
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Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2020

Carville's Cure, by Pam Fessler

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Through the lens of leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, Fessler explores harmful myths about disease that can impair public health. Her fascinating book details the first national leprosarium—built on an old plantation in rural Carville, Louisiana—reporting that the first patients were often forcibly removed from their families and confined to the grounds once they arrived.  The stigma surrounding this almost non-contagious disease seems to come from the Bible, which deems leprosy a “sign of an ‘unclean’ soul and a symptom of sin. "

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ISBN: 9781631495038
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Published: Liveright - July 14th, 2020