**spoiler alert** My first goodreads first reads win! This is my kind of non-fiction book - easy to read with lots of pictures (or in this case mostly...more**spoiler alert** My first goodreads first reads win! This is my kind of non-fiction book - easy to read with lots of pictures (or in this case mostly maps).
A mix of humor and interesting information.
The cover unfolds to a full-sized map which would be nifty to hang up if I had a library or study. A nice looking book.
Trinklein who lived in Idaho for 20 years, keeps mentioning Mormons. I've noticed this in 5 Lost States - there may even be more that I missed. Having an LDS background myself, I can not recall a temple being built in Iowa under the direction of Joseph Smith as Trinklein claims. The only temples completed before moving to Utah, were in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois. If Trinklein is referring to one of these, he should clarify that the temple was not in Iowa. FYI here is what he wrote about this in HALF-BREED TRACTS:
"Probably the most famous buyer was a guy named Joseph Smith, who gathered his Mormon followers on a Half-Breed Tract he purchased in southeast Iowa. The Latter-Day Saints then built a temple and settled in for the long haul. It's entirely possible the Mormons might have grown their sphere of influence and eventually tried to form their own state, based on their religious practices. I'm not speculating about this; that's exactly what they did. But they didn't get around to it until after they had migrated westward to Salt Lake."
INTRODUCTION: "Fifty States, It's such a nice, round number. It might even seem preordained that America would gobble up the perfect amount of territory to create fifty just-right states. Sorry, It wasn't nearly that tidy."
"I've always felt a sense of wonder gazing at old maps, imagining the stories behind each squiggly line. Maps are a record of individuals trying to make a difference in how the world works."
ABOUT THE MAPS: "All maps have a purpose, perhaps even an agenda. Mine are no exception."
BOSTON "If every New England squabble led to the creation of a new state, the U.S. flag would have a thousand stars."
FORGOTTONIA (loved reading about this one) "So as long as America keeps drinking sixty-four ounce fountain drinks, Forgottonia's people will survive. In fact, about the only thing that could hurt Forgottonia would be medical reports suggesting high-fructose corn syrup isn't healthy. Oh."
FRANKLIN (named after Ben Franklin) "The lesson here is that if you're going to name a state after a living historical figure, you should probably ask the person first....It's worth noting that Congress had a unofficial policy against naming new states after people (dead or alive). It's a guideline they held for more than a century, with only one exception: Washington."
GREENLAND - Prime Real Estate. Even George W. Bush Was Interested. "It's true that Greenland is mostly ice, but that could change quickly as global warming kicks in."
GUYANA "Many have argued that the best way to preserve its rain forests is to offer the protection of U.S. law. (Admittedly, this is not a terribly compelling reason to annex another country, but America has invaded places for flimsier reasons.)"
"I predict that if oil turns up in Guyana, relations with the United States might warm up considerably."
HOWLAND "Those landing strips remain the island's strange irony. The United States made great effort to build them, the Japanese were intent on bombing them, and Amelia Earhart likely died trying to find them. Yet there is no record of any plane ever landing on Howland Island."
ICELAND "What if America had offered to buy, rather than invade, Iraq? I know the idea sounds silly, until you run the numbers. Given the best estimates of the cost of the war, the United States could have offered each Iraqi citizen about $103,000 if they would agree to become an American. A family of five would get a cool half million dollars. Those numbers are the actual dollar costs, per Iraqi, of the war."
SOUTH CALIFORNIA - Actually They Wanted To Call It Colorado "Pico's proposal suggested calling the new state 'Colorado', which, by the way, ranks among the most-coveted state names ever. After southern California's rebranding attempt failed, the Arizona territory laid its plans to rename itself 'Colorado.' But the rectangular state to the north beat them to the prize."
**spoiler alert** Probably the best Geronimo Stilton book I've read so far. I like the guest room :-) "Over the bed hung a sign: Here Lies The Guest"...more**spoiler alert** Probably the best Geronimo Stilton book I've read so far. I like the guest room :-) "Over the bed hung a sign: Here Lies The Guest" "The fireplace is a bit deaf. It is more than three hundred years old, you see." "Is something wrong with the mirror?" I asked. "Oh, the Mirror has probably just gone somewhere to take a nap." Boneham answered. "It's very lazy, sir. So sorry."
The stew sounds that Stewrat made sounds delicious! "The stew is quite wonderful," I said. "Would you mind telling me what's in it?" "Of course not," the cook said, beaming. "Let's see. There is earthworm liver...leech lard...black scorpion claws...wasp stingers...bat thighs...crushed red termites...shark fins...piranha teeth...iguana claws...viper venom...snake spleen...plus a little salt and pepper!"
I liked the reference to Kafka the cockroach :-)
I also liked the closing lines of the story: "I learned something important at Cacklefur Castle. Thereare many mice who are different from us. But you can't judge a mouse by his or her fur. You must look into his or her heart! If you are lucky you may find a friend there. True friendship is as rare as fine cheddar. It is a real gift. It is wonderful to discover that the world is full of friends we don't know yet. That is the truth...or my name is not Geronimo Stilton!"(less)