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The Not-Quite States of America, Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA

USA640
Doug Mack
W. W. Norton & Company
2017
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In this informative travelogue, Doug Mack puts a magnifying glass over the United States' overseas territories and commonwealths: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In these distant corners, the world traveler finds plenty of American flags, U.S. Post Offices and Little Leagues, but also four million people debating whether these places should become states or independent countries. A smart, funny meditation on the nature of American empire.

ISBN: 9780393247602
$26.95
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The journey begins with Mack in his gym shorts. It’s laundry day in his apartment in Minneapolis, and he’s sorting through some quarters, setting a few aside to add to his wife’s state quarter collection, which includes coins from the first incorporated state, Delaware (1787) to the last, Hawaii (1959). But there are a few empty slots in her cardboard portfolio, beyond Hawaii. “Oh, right,” Mack remembers, “We have territories.”

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