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How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

DANIEL IMMERWAHR, FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX, 528 PP., $30, FEBRUARY 2019

WHEN MOST PEOPLE PICTURE A MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, they usually envision what is known as the lower 48—the contiguous continental states. Maybe they’ll add on Alaska and Hawaii.

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