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The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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“Throughout [this] deft narrative, Mack presents numerous revealing vignettes of far-flung Yankee civilization. . . . An entertaining, informative guidebook.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An informative romp.” (Library Journal)
“One will never think about the United States in quite the same way after this enjoyable read.” (Booklist)
“A thoughtful assessment of American colonialism. . . . [Mack] explores each territory with an open mind and an open notebook.” (Publishers Weekly)
“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)
“To truly understand the United States, one must understand The Not-Quite States of America. Doug Mack opens our eyes to the variety of reasons we need them in this consistently entertaining read.” (Mark Stein, author of How the States Got Their Shapes)
“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)
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.
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History presented in such a manner that you are actually there and can feel the emotions and see the sights of the people who lived them.
This author is a joy - from the time that he was standing in his basement with a glass jar full of pocket change because it's laundry day and their attire shows it -
his wife is in yoga pants and he's in tattered soccer shorts, you enter their world where the state quarter collection includes "states" they have never heard of.
Seeing these "Not-Quite States" through Doug Mack eyes tells about their past history and yet you can see it as it is today where beer drinking pigs are already sloshed by midday and the Virgin Islands where there may be a voodoo shrine on the way to the mall.
Doug said after climbing a mountain- "My legs ached so badly that the wooden benches ahead of us were transformed into pillow top mattresses before my eyes."
The territories are neither united nor states nor part of either American continent and sadly most people don't even know they exist.
The people of these far-off islands are not "foreign aliens." they are us.