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The not-quite states of America : dispatches from the territories and other far-flung outposts of the USA

by Mack, Doug,

Format: Print Book 2017
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An eye-opening journey to the most overlooked parts of America.

Everyone knows that America is 50 states and...some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states--American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands--and their 4 million people are often forgotten, even by most Americans. But they're filled with American flags, U.S. post offices, and Little League baseball games. How did these territories come to be part of the United States? What are they like? And why aren't they states?

When Doug Mack realized just how little he knew about the territories, he set off on a globe-hopping quest covering more than 30,000 miles to see them all. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mack examines the Founding Fathers' arguments over expansion. He explores Polynesia's outsize influence on American culture, from tiki bars to tattoos, in American Samoa. He tours Guam with members of a military veterans' motorcycle club, who offer personal stories about the territory's role in World War II and its present-day importance for the American military. In the Northern Mariana Islands, he learns about star-guided seafaring from one of the ancient tradition's last practitioners. And everywhere he goes in Puerto Rico, he listens in on the lively debate over political status--independence, statehood, or the status quo.

The Not-Quite States of America is an entertaining account of the territories' place in the USA, and it raises fascinating questions about the nature of empire. As Mack shows, the territories aren't mere footnotes to American history; they are a crucial part of the story.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Most U.S. citizens think of their country as 50 states, period. Yet the U.S. has sprinklings of islands in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, territories that are under U.S. ownership. Mack (Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day, 2012) visited five major islands: the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico. These tiny landmasses played important roles in U.S. history, but he went to find out what function they serve today. Not all islands have equal status, as Mack discovers that some are commonwealths and some are unincorporated territories, and these distinctions affect how island citizens view their relationship with the U.S. To be owned by a country, to have some rights but not others, can create strange (or strained) allegiances. Readers expecting a travelogue will find less of that here; what they will find are in-depth discussions of the history, politics, and sociocultural realities that define each island. One will never think about the United States in quite the same way after this enjoyable read.--Curbow, Joan Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A thoughtful blend of history, insight, and first-person experiences colors this travelogue focused on some of the most overlooked parts of America, the United States territories. Travel writer Mack (Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day) sets out to learn more about these distant neighbors and shares his insights in this entertaining, informative study. He explores each territory with an open mind and an open notebook, hanging out with beer-drinking pigs in Saint Croix and strolling through the world's largest Kmart in Samoa. He also recounts more than a few sobering experiences, such as visiting Samoa's Suicide Cliff, where thousands of Japanese civilians and troops leapt to their death to avoid capture by American troops. Mack's thoughtful assessment of American colonialism, underlined by the question of which cultural aspects of each territory should be retained and which should be assimilated into broader American culture, is the spine of the book. Rather than taking an authoritative approach, Mack lets the residents do just as much of the talking and analyzing, making for a strong book sure to spark thought and inspire further research. Agent: Alice Tasman, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Mack, Doug -- Travel.
United States -- Territories and possessions -- History.
United States -- Insular possessions -- History.
United States -- Territories and possessions -- Description and travel.
United States -- Insular possessions -- Description and travel.
Travel writing.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xxviii, 306 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-287) and index.
ISBN 9780393247602
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