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Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein
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Mar 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: history, nonfiction
Read on December 12, 2011

I almost really loved this one. It covers many, but not all, failed states. Each one gets a one page profile, plus a full page map created by the author, usually by superimposing the proposed state on an existing map. It was interesting, for the most part, though occassionally repetitive. Many of them were simply failed proposals to divide territories, so not much to say. Some of them can't be taken even remotely seriously. Who really thinks that the European country of Albania has ever seriously been in contention to be a U.S. state? Who really thinks that, if Quebec were ever to leave Canada, that Newfoundland or Alberta might decide to become Americna while they're at it? Take those out, and there are still some really interesting stories in here. But the tone is often bizarre. I just want to read about failed states, not lame jokes. This is one book where the subject matter overcame the author's tone to make what is still a pretty good book.
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