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

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.6 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Doug Mack is the author of Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day and has written for Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Minneapolis.


Throughout [this] deft narrative, Mack presents numerous revealing vignettes of far-flung Yankee civilization. . . . An entertaining, informative guidebook.
An informative romp.
One will never think about the United States in quite the same way after this enjoyable read.
A thoughtful assessment of American colonialism. . . . [Mack] explores each territory with an open mind and an open notebook.
Our fellow Americans living in territories may not have senators or members of Congress to represent them. But they do have Doug Mack's terrific book to reintroduce us to their unique histories and cultures and to point out just how connected we all really are to the people in these seemingly far-flung places. A fun and fascinating adventure.--Brady Carlson, author of Dead Presidents
Having ventured 30,000 miles to visit U.S. territories around the world, Doug Mack has embarked on one of the most extraordinary 'American' journeys of all time. Hilarious and moving, Mack also tackles serious issues--from the history of slavery in the U.S. Virgin Islands to the role of Guam in World War II to the battles over the sweatshops of Saipan--all while exploring how these not-quite states came to be part of America. This book, quite simply, is travel writing at its finest.--Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters and Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History
Doug Mack, a connoisseur of the offbeat, turns his keen eye to the USA's forgotten lands, and the result is the Great American Road Trip with a twist. Funny and engaging, Mack is the perfect guide to these simultaneously strange and familiar places, and the book goes to the heart of a perennial and, these days, urgent question: What does it mean to be American?--Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Genius