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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5.7 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 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.


Mack includes you in all the fun of his journey.--Michael Upchurch
Mack catalogues his thirty-thousand-mile trek through [the territories], and examines the traits they have inherited from the U.S.--little-league games, star-spangled banners--and the cultural crisscross that makes them unique examples of America's own hybridized culture.
A read you can't put down and can't quit rolling around in your mind afterward.--Nichole L. Reber
Travel writing at its finest.--Andrew Carroll, best-selling author of War Letters and Here Is Where
A smart, funny meditation on the nature of American empire, Mack's book has its poignant moments too, as he asks difficult questions about statehood and American identity.--Jodie Vinson
[Mack] finds surprising patriotism (and adventure) in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.--Allen Pierleoni
Rollicking.... Mack peppers the account of his 30,000-mile trip with liberal doses of history.--Poornima Apte
Funny, fascinating, and eye-opening in all the best ways.--Glenn Dallas
With an eye for irony and amusing detail, [Mack's] travelogue is often hilarious yet inevitably thoughtful.--David Luhrssen