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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: Book on CD 2017
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Everyone knows that the USA is made up of fifty states and, uh . . . some other stuff. The territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands are often neglected, but they are filled with American flags and national parks and US post offices and some 4 million people, many of whom are as proudly red-white-and-blue as any Daughter of the American Revolution. In The Not-Quite States of America, Doug Mack ventures 31,000 miles across the globe and deep into American history to reveal the fascinating and forgotten story of how these places became part of the United States, what they're like today, and how they helped create the nation as we know it. Along the way, Mack meets members of millennia-old indigenous groups, far-flung US government workers, ardent separatists, and tropical-paradise dropouts and dreamers in a quixotic and winning quest to find America where it is least expected.
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.
Publisher [Minneapolis, Minnesota] :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Yen, Jonathan, narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Jonathan Yen.
Language English
Notes Title from web page.
Compact discs.
Description 9 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781681684352
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