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Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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“We all know the 50 states, but how much do you know about the hundreds of statehood proposals that never came to pass? These fascinating maps of states that might have been are from Michael J. Trinklein’s Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It.”—Country Magazine
“Fascinating, funny book.”—New Yorker, Book Bench
“This book is geared to the general reader and has a larger format that encourages perusal. It is recommended for history, geography, and general trivia buffs.”—Library Journal
“Amusing and lavishly illustrated book.”—Christian Science Monitor
“Complete with maps, Lost States is an interesting travel guide to the world of ‘what-if history.’”—McClatchy Newspapers
"Trinklein is hilarious in his own right. I laughed out loud before I even got to the book’s main content ... it [covers] more states-that-never-were than any other source I've seen.” —Jenny Bristol, GeekDad.com
About the Author
Michael J. Trinklein wrote and produced the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Pioneers of Television (2008), as well as The Gold Rush (1998) and The Oregon Trail (1993). His work has been consistently praised in the national media, including USA Today, Washington Post, Parade, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. He lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
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One page jumped right out at me: a proposal for Superior, a state consisting of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and adjacent northern Wisconsin. The author suggests this could be admitted as a Republican state to counterbalance the admission of a new Democratic state, like the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. The author is apparently unaware that the territory that would be Superior is reliably Democratic.