An illustration from the Mexican-American war. As author Daniel Immerwahr notes, with US forces occupying Mexico City, Washington chose to annex only northern Mexico rather than its populous south.

The United States’ imperial reach, from Mexico to the Philippines to the present day, dissected

  • From Alaska to Puerto Rico to 94 guano islands, Daniel Immerwahr examines the acquisition of territories by the US
  • In How to Hide an Empire, he argues that the US’ empire persists today in its overseas bases, dominance of trade and willingness to project force
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An illustration from the Mexican-American war. As author Daniel Immerwahr notes, with US forces occupying Mexico City, Washington chose to annex only northern Mexico rather than its populous south.
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Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books. A publisher and entrepreneur, he has been active in technology, culture and international trade and investment. He is the co-author of “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”. He has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1985.