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

  • Jeff
    Feb 19, 2019
    I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. This is the first thing I've read by the author. I'll start by saying I was never good at history in high school or college, i just never enjoyed it. Having said that, i think i would have remembered at least some of the things in this book o...
  • Trashy Dreams
    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...
  • Benjamin
    Apr 11, 2019
    Fascinating history that is definitely not taught in schools (but most certainly should be). The US approach to empire is a very sad, tragic, and often shameful story. This is an important book that sheds light on the marginalized people of US territories (who are US citizens!) whose s...
  • 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. ...
  • Lesley
    Apr 09, 2019
    I found this book fascinating and learned SO MUCH. Even the most mundane topics (standards and practices anyone?) were somehow incredibly compelling. This side of history really lays out how systemic white supremacy is in our government/culture. I mean, wow. If you are a fan of De...
  • Terry
    Mar 26, 2019
    Do you live in a world where the US is an empire [...]? Or do you live in a world where the US is a helpful non-Empire that protects the weak [...]? ? Aaron Bady, ?Who?s the Baddie? Captain Marvel in the Age of American Empire,? Los Angeles Review of Books, March 21, 2019, htt...
  • 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 ...
  • Xavier Shay
    Mar 20, 2019
    Best history book I've read? Fast paced, interesting, about a topic I don't know much about. Excellent. ...
  • Du
    Mar 22, 2019
    Really interesting look at the non contiguous United States. I learned a lot about the territories we have and why we have them. There is some social commentary, but overall the book is devoid of judgement. ...
  • Jessica
    Apr 06, 2019
    "The history of America is the history of empire." "In the end, this book's main contribution is not archival...it's perspectival, seeing a familiar history differently."() Is the United States an empire? This book presents an eye-opening look on the history of the United States...
  • Jason Lester
    Feb 23, 2019
    A work of crucial, eye-opening historical recontextualization. This book achieves a clear-headed, well-argued synthesis of complex tangles and byways of American imperial history. Highly recommended. ...
  • Eileen
    Apr 05, 2019
    Stunning ?why do we not know that? history. A totally entertaining and mind-altering page-turner. ...
  • Alex
    Mar 18, 2019
    Probably more of a 4.5, but I'll round up since there is just a boatload of facts and insights I had not known before reading this. Most interesting segment for me delved into the managerial, cultural, and economic innovations which let the US build a "pointillist" empire, rather than ...
  • 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! ...
  • Andy
    Apr 08, 2019
    Possibly the best non-fiction book I?ve ever read. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • E. C. Koch
    Mar 13, 2019
    Within my lifetime I've heard America's history, and its anticipated fate, compared frequently to that of the Romans. Both noble republics. Both took to electing maniacs. Both undone by their excesses. Both empires. And while the parallels between them are myriad, it's this last one th...
  • Rita
    Mar 02, 2019
    REVIEW ON MY BLOG (https://bookishr.wordpress.com) ON SUN, MAR 10, 2019 ? Fast-paced, fast-paced, fast-paced It's not often that history books are fast-paced,but this one was written with such engaging language and with so many amazing rhetorical elements that reading it felt ...
  • Jake
    Mar 04, 2019
    I was challenged to read a book I'd probably disagree with, and I've always disliked when people refer to the US as an "Empire". I was previously aware of the fact that the US had colonized the Philippines, and that we had taken a number of other islands from Spain. This was still pret...
  • 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...
  • LeAnn
    Feb 21, 2019
    Pros: Fascinating, love how the author would always connect things to the present, super informative, doesn't try to sugar coat history or always show the government in a positive light, written like a story more than just facts and figures. Cons: Not the biggest fan of the cover an...
  • 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...