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

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

A pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empire We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an "empire," exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories--the islands, atolls, and archipelagos--this country has governed a A pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empire We are famili...

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Title:How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
Author:Daniel Immerwahr
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Genres:History
ISBN:How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:528 pages pages

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

  • thefourthvine
    May 09, 2019
    Ever since I read The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA, I?ve been looking for a book on the United States?s imperial possessions, and the first half of this book is exactly what I wanted. Not-Quite States is mostly...
  • Kevin Fanning
    Jun 24, 2019
    Dang I really liked. I'm going to read more US History now! Turns out the US has done a lot of interesting & very terrible things? WHO KNEW??? ...
  • Matt Chic
    Mar 13, 2019
    Thorough and great in concept, but dryer than I was hoping for. Plus I couldn't really get into any kind of narrative groove. The info and time frames jumped all over the place. ...
  • Carin
    Feb 12, 2019
    Before the hurricane hit it last year, did you know Puerto Rico was a part of the United States? How many other US territories can you name? Just one or two? The US Virgin Islands are fairly easy because they have "The US" in the name. And Guam is often listed with them so you might ge...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 01, 2019
    Excellent. A must read. Seriously, go read it right now. I grew up in the shadow of the US empire so I've always understood that the US was an empire, but it did occur to me at some point after I immigrated that no one here saw it that way. On the middle east, the story was that Mi...
  • Max
    Mar 28, 2019
    Starts off stronger than it ends; the more abstract the empire gets, the less revelatory it is. But at least half of this book has some stunning thing on every page that we all should have learned in middle school. ...
  • Chris
    Apr 13, 2019
    If you like American history/political science this is your next read. It educates, it surprises, it horrifies, it makes you laugh, it makes you scream mea culpa. We live in a great country, but we are not always great. The adage, "Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to ...
  • AJ Payne
    May 21, 2019
    4.5 stars. This book was pretty great. I suppose I?m in the majority of Americans who know very little of the nitty gritty of the american empire. And it really is that, classically in the beginning and in a new way over the past 60 years. And this book covers it all - from the...
  • Xavier Shay
    Mar 20, 2019
    Best history book I've read? Fast paced, interesting, about a topic I don't know much about. Excellent. ...
  • Lynn
    May 04, 2019
    This is a run don?t wait to read type of book. It?s dense with information but so readable. There was so much in this book that i didn?t know before or was exposed to a whole other viewpoint. It really brought home the idea of standardization and makes me wonder about it has affe...
  • Eleanor Carter
    Apr 15, 2019
    Essential reading for students of American culture & history. Clear, accessible writing and thouroughly researched. Don't expect a full sweep of American colonies and territories ??you'll have to look elsewhere. Instead Immerwahr shines a light on these historical moments as ...
  • David Dinaburg
    Jun 26, 2019
    This has a Sesame Street vibe. Wait, stop, you know I don?t mean that as a pejorative so don?t scrunch up your face quite yet. See, if you come into How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States without a lot of prior knowledge, it?s super engrossing. Like when yo...
  • Deb
    Mar 14, 2019
    Extremely eye-opening information! We are so convinced that the US is the greatest country when in reality we are just good at hiding our Empire! I very much enjoyed having my perspective widened, by this author! ...
  • Louise
    Apr 23, 2019
    How many high school teachers in the US know how Guantanamo Bay came to be US territory? How many know that the Philippines was managed as a colony for 47 years? While I expect most know that Puerto Ricans are US citizens (even if they didn?t before Hurricane Maria) do they know that...
  • Devyn
    Nov 20, 2018
    I received this book from Goodreads. "In the end, this book's main contribution is not archival, bringing to light some never-before-seen document. It's perspectival, seeing a familiar history differently." page 16 A brilliant book! How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Great...
  • Evan
    Mar 13, 2019
    The first half: this is the book I've been looking for for years, outlining the origins of US global hegemony in the "frontier thesis" and the Spanish-American war. Chapters dealing with the parallel historical developments in the Philippines and Puerto Rico are particularly interestin...
  • Randall Wallace
    Jun 10, 2019
    This book is the story of U.S. territories, which Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson openly called ?colonies? (Puerto Rico, Guam, The Philippines, Hawaii, Wake, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, etc.) Just three years after the continental US was filled, we began invading/occupy...
  • Michael Perkins
    May 13, 2019
    This brand new book is a lucidly written, very absorbing account of imperial U.S. that the usual ignorant America First people don't want to hear. They're unwilling to own up to our mistakes, so are doomed to repeat them. You will not find most of this in American history books. ===...
  • Andie
    Apr 08, 2019
    This is a very readable history on the United States' adventures in Empire building. Usually we mostly hear government denials on this subject, but Daniel Immerwahr lays out a clear case that we have had one for a very long time. He begins by talking about the "manifest destiny" of ...
  • Chris Roberts
    Feb 23, 2019
    The American Indian always, only, lays claim to this land. A racial wasteland exists, within the oddly delineated borders, of a country known as America, marginalized citizens call out for freedom and have the last ounce of hope beaten out of them. #poem #USA Chris Ro...
  • Rāhul
    Apr 14, 2019
    The United States has a deep discomfort with empire, born as it was out of revolt against one. However, in any objective measure- be it of unrepresented territories or of extra-territorial influence worldwide, empire is what it is. Daniel Immerwahr combines historical erudition and a f...
  • Ted Morgan
    Apr 03, 2019
    Heartbreaking and undeniable, this work by Daniel Immerwahr reveals the not well hidden work of the United States of America to inflict racist, brutal, selfish exploitation over the planet. We have pretended to be benevolent. We are not. We never were. We are resented and hated where w...
  • William Harris
    Jan 22, 2019
    I recently had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of "How to Hide an Empire," by Daniel Immerwahr (courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux). I am pleased to report that this book is one of the finest recent analysis of imperialism (in its modern, evolved, guise). What is more, t...
  • Ross
    May 16, 2019
    Hovered somewhere between four and five stars, but I?ll be generous. Some elements are a bit of a stretch (the part about the English language becoming the world standard, though the author admits it is billions of small choices rather than something that came from the top), but I fo...
  • Anne
    Feb 12, 2019
    I received How to Hide an Empire as part of a giveaway program. In a nutshell, the author has gone above and beyond to show that the United States is more than the 50 states. The book covers history behind why presidents started acquiring land and why they keep it. With the advent of b...
  • Esther Espeland
    Apr 26, 2019
    Wow I?m HOT for this book! Fascinating content, essential reframing of US history, and very readable and funny! Audibly guffawed while reading! Gave me much to think abt! ...
  • Sebastian
    Jun 15, 2019
    In 1856 Congress passed the Guano Islands Act, which granted Americans the right to claim any "uninhabited, unclaimed island" for the stars and stripes [51-2]. In 1898, Teddy Roosevelt famously charged up San Juan Hill -- becoming a hero to people who wear glasses all time -- and Presi...
  • Anca
    Apr 15, 2019
    Interesting, captivating, well-researched and well-written. This one I will revisit, and some chapters may find their way on several of my classes' mandatory reading lists. ...
  • Adora Svitak
    Apr 05, 2019
    An incredible indictment of our historical (and present-day) practice of extracting wealth and strategic benefit from holding colonies (then, "territories," and military bases) while denying basic rights to the inhabitants of those places. It's a lot of history you don't learn in schoo...
  • Sean Guynes
    May 24, 2019
    An important book for realizing on a wider, public-scale what those in American studies have long known: America is an empire with far-flung colonies, territories, protectorates, and military bases all around the world which have help to secure and spread American hegemony. The major b...