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The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA Paperback – February 27, 2018

4.2 out of 5 stars 64 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


“Travel writing at its finest.”
- Andrew Carroll, best-selling author of War Letters and Here Is Where

“Mack includes you in all the fun of his journey.”
- Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times

“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.”
- The New Yorker

“A read you can’t put down and can’t quit rolling around in your mind afterward.”
- Nichole L. Reber, Ploughshares

“Witty and thoughtful, with plenty of vibrant characters and vivid descriptions, The Not-Quite States of America is also a well-researched history and a highly enjoyable travelogue. Frequent fliers and armchair travelers alike will relish Mack’s account.”
- Katie Noah Gibson, Shelf Awareness

“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, The Longitude Blog

“[Mack] finds surprising patriotism (and adventure) in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
- Allen Pierleoni, Sacramento Bee

“Rollicking.… Mack peppers the account of his 30,000-mile trip with liberal doses of history.”
- Poornima Apte, Flung magazine

“Funny, fascinating, and eye-opening in all the best ways.”
- Glenn Dallas, Manhattan Book Review

“With an eye for irony and amusing detail, [Mack’s] travelogue is often hilarious yet inevitably thoughtful.”
- David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express

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.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0393355616
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393355611
  • Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition (February 27, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 64 ratings