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

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When it came to the nationalists of the colonized world, there is no evidence that Wilson even read their many petitions. Immerwahr provides a great deal of context to many of the issues and topics found in Geography, especially the flow of trade and economics.

This tale of territorial empire, he suggests, throws light on the histories of everything from the Beatles to Godzilla, the birth-control pill to the transistor radio. There is simply to much information crammed neatly into this 528 page book to name all of the facts and figures that blew my history-loving freaking mind, so I plan to share only a few on my favorites.

A shorter version might also attract a larger readership among the general public, which the book deserves. The ensuing guerrilla warfare played to the insurgency's strengths: knowledge of the land and the popularity of the cause. How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States" is a great starting point for making the US public aware of the US' contradictions as an "empire of liberty" (a phrase once used by Thomas Jefferson to describe the US as it expanded westward beyond the original 13 colonies). Guamanians are fellow American citizens, which, again, is something I learned way after it was embarrassing. However, what is more appalling is that this actual history of the United States is nowhere taught in its schools.

I spend most of my reviews deriding simplicity for its inherent tedium, but I’m here to learn, dude. Eastern politicians fretted about the newly annexed land’s inhabitants: Anglo settlers, Catholics, free blacks, Indians, and mixed-race folk. Immerwahr goes on and on with the atrocious accounts of grave crimes against humanity that occurred in all of these territories: martial law in Hawaii where executions occurred regularly, Japanese interment camps in Alaska with zero oversight.And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. These and other technologies, such as radio development and increased use of plastics and finally the increase in mechanised production within the US removed the need for a fixed empire and instead many in the US pursued a policy of ‘globalisation rather than colonisation’ (264). After WWII, these territories were literally treated as social, medical and architectural testing grounds with the fraction of the oversight if they occurred on the mainland. Hey, hey, hey, whoa, you need to hold on up there a second buddy – we’re the land of the free, the home of the brave. Yet, notwithstanding his own recent leadership of a revolution against the financial machinations of a distant government, Washington’s sympathy for the rebels quickly ran dry.

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