The Not-Quite States of America

I’m not too proud to say that I’ve never entirely understood territories. Puerto Rico, for instance, it’s the US, but only kind of? Why aren’t these places states? Doug Mack also wondered about that and took some research trips/paid vacations? To these territories as an average American to figure it out for us. This isn’t YA, but it is utterly appropriate for high school students.

By the way, I’m available to travel to any sunny island if any publishers would like to foot the bill for me to “research” some book.

This book takes you from the mainland US to BMVI to American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. I had to check maps several times while reading to tell precisely where he was. More of a history book by a hair than a travelogue, I finally understand how we got to “own” these far-flung countries and why. The tone is similar to Bill Bryson which explains why I like it so much. I’m adding this one to my high school history reading list.

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