How to Hide an Empire

A History of the Greater United States
x-large
Author(s): Daniel Immerwahr
Awards:2019-New York Times Bestseller,
New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
Audio (14 discs)
Product Number: C05498
Released: Feb 25, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980021414
Narrator/s: Luis Moreno
Please log in to view pricing

Description

A pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empire We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an "empire," exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories-the islands, atolls, and archipelagos-this country has governed and inhabited? In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. In crackling, fast-paced prose, he reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light. We travel to the Guano Islands, where prospectors collected one of the nineteenth century's most valuable commodities, and the Philippines, site of the most destructive event on U.S. soil. In Puerto Rico, Immerwahr shows how U.S. doctors conducted grisly experiments they would never have conducted on the mainland and charts the emergence of independence fighters who would shoot up the U.S. Congress. In the years after World War II, Immerwahr notes, the United States moved away from colonialism. Instead, it put innovations in electronics, transportation, and culture to use, devising a new sort of influence that did not require the control of colonies. Rich with absorbing vignettes, full of surprises, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today, How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history.

Bundle:

Please login to view pricing, or register now
How to Hide an Empire
Product Number: BX00081603
Product Number:C05498
Product Number:Z14882

You can find this title in the following lists:

All formats/editions

eAudio
x-large
Author(s): Daniel Immerwahr
Narrator(s): Luis Moreno
Product Number Z14882
Released: Feb 19, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980021476
MP3 CD
x-large
Author(s): Daniel Immerwahr
Narrator(s): Luis Moreno
Product Number MP2675
Released: Mar 21, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781980028291
eBook
x-large
Author(s): Daniel Immerwahr
Product Number EB00727083
Released: Feb 19, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374715120

Professional reviews

"Narrator Luis Moreno carries a heavy load here, with more than 17 hours of audio, but he's outstanding. Few Americans think of our country as an empire, and Daniel Immerwahr wants us to understand why. Moreno's expressive voice complements the author's narrative style, which is warm and personal rather than academic. Immerwahr builds a compelling case that the United States has long been a colonial power, although we and our government have always been reluctant to acknowledge this. It's an argument that could have come across as strident, but the author's evenhandedness and Moreno's skillful delivery will quickly win over the listener. By the end, any skepticism about idea of America as empire will evaporate. D.B. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"