The NOT-QUITE STATES OF AMERICA
I graduated from Carleton College and currently live in Minneapolis with my wife and daughter. This is my second book; the first was Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day (2012, Perigee Books/Penguin). Full bio here.
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The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA
Published February 14, 2017 by W.W. Norton
Length: 320 pages
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- History, present-day issues, and general cultural overview of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.
- Statehood and independence debates within each territory.
- American expansion, including westward and overseas.
- How the USA became a global power.
- American "Imperial Moment" c. 1900.
- History of colonialism in the Americas and the Pacific.
- Role of Pacific islands in World War II.
- Present-day territorial disputes, including context for China's island-building in the South China Sea and Russia's efforts to claim areas of the Arctic.
- Why the territories are the USA's most important domestic policy issue no one is talking about.
For any other info or to set up an interview, please email my publicist at W.W. Norton, Will Scarlett, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.