How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr

How to Hide an Empire

A pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empireWe 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 and inhabited?In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinati...

Details How to Hide an Empire

TitleHow to Hide an Empire
Release DateFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews How to Hide an Empire

  • Mehrsa
    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 Middle Easterners just didn't understand or want democracy. The truth is that the empires (British, Russian and then US) kept taking out our elected leaders because they ...
  • Devyn
    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 Greater United States is a must read for anyone interested in obscure American history and the revolutionary switch from annexing territory for resources, to divesting large colon...
  • William Harris
    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, this formidable task is accomplished in a very accessible and well documented manner. Fundamentally, it is a text which assesses the new American and Global Empire, ...
  • Carin
    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 get that too. But there have been hundreds of others. Does that surprise you?We try to pretend that the US is unique among superpowers in that we never had colonies. ...
  • Rita
    REVIEW ON MY BLOG ( ON SUN, MAR 10, 2019🌞 Fast-paced, fast-paced, fast-pacedIt'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 like reading about an adventure.As the author took me on a trip to Southeast Asia, to the Caribbeans, and to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I couldn't help but be glued...
  • Jake
    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 pretty eye-opening in terms of what's gone on on American soil. It's a shame that the Philippines never figures more prominently in WWII history. It's just as eye-openi...
  • LeAnn
    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 and a lot of the pictures inside the book were hard to see/read - they were either too grainy or faded looking.Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There's several people...
  • Anne
    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 beginning with radio, satellites, and GPS land has meant less as a way of accruing population but more in housing military installations.
  • Jeff
    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 of they had been taught in any of those classes. If school books were writen in a style as easy to read as this book I may have paid more attention.
  • Chris Roberts
    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 #USAChris Roberts, Patron Saint of the Whooping Crane
  • Jason Lester
    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.