Lost States eBook Þ Hardcover

Lost States eBook Þ Hardcover


  • Hardcover
  • 160 pages
  • Lost States
  • Michael J. Trinklein
  • English
  • 10 June 2015
  • 9781594744105

10 thoughts on “Lost States

  1. Terry Carroll Terry Carroll says:

    I wanted to like this book I really did But it's replete with errors and for a book that purports to be non fiction that's a fatal flaw for me especially when it's subtitled True stories of I recognize that this is not an academic textbook and the author has raised that as his defense but really there's no excusing some of the slop hereI found three errors myself and I'm not particularly knowledgeable in this area1 President McKinley's first name was William not James Philippines2 In the real world the Cimarron Strip now the Oklahoma Panhandle turned into three counties; Trinklein thinks it turned into only Beaver County completely missing Texas and Cimarron counties No Man's Land3 Rio Rico when discovered to be technically part of the US was pretty promptly ceded to Mexico; Trinklein says it became part of Texas which it technically did but that was only for a few years and hasn't been the case since the 1970s Rio RicoThese are just the errors I found; others have found as I found out with a little googling try 'errors Lost States Trinklein' I'm embarrassed that I missed that the photo purportedly of CSA President Jefferson Davis in Baja Arizona is not the CSA President at all but a different Jefferson Davis a confederate generalThe George W Bush references are annoying and I'm no Bush fan They just seem amateurish in a published book They would be easy enough to ignore in a blog I suspect that Trinklein just republished a lot of his blog and unfortunately without the aid of a good editor who would have caught things like thisSo a potentially fun book but completely spoiled for me by its lack of credibility If you're reading the book to learn something give it up you can't tell whether what you're reading is factual or not due to the total disregard for accuracy


  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    I saw this book come through at my library and I thought What a great topic for a book And it is a great topic It's too bad it was in my opinion really mishandledThe book has uite a bit of breadth 74 states are covered but no depth Each state gets two pages one of which is a full page map The facing page contains pictures which are often only tangentially related to the topic; lots of tepid uncreative jokes; and a little information The maps range from interesting to out and out bad one clearly has hand drawn marker on it; one has Wyoming on the western border of Kansas which is the reason I downgraded the book from two stars I think there were maybe four? historical facts that I learned from a 160 page book but the history was in places just as bad as the maps uote George Washington was the most popular and powerful man in the world WILDLY FALSE WILDLY I don't know who this book is aimed at It doesn't give enough background information to teach much to American history novices it would have helped a little if the order of the states were chronological instead of alphabetical and it's too superficial to teach anything to people who already have solid American history backgroundIn short this is a book with the pace and tone of an Uncle John's Bathroom Reader but without the depth or intelligence


  3. Leanne Leanne says:

    A fascinating subject an author with a sense of humor beautifully designed maps on every page couldn't ask for


  4. Sesana Sesana says:

    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 US state? Who really thinks that if uebec 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


  5. Dan Dan says:

    An interesting concept executed poorly Was very disappointed in the lack of depth and glossing over the majority of the interesting details usually to make far too easy jokesIf anything the book reinforced the importance of political geography that I read about in Prisoners of Geography but this was boring and shallowThat's what I get for buying at a bookstore that has everything 70% off Not all independent bookstores are good bookstores


  6. HBalikov HBalikov says:

    Great idea that is poorly executed Molly the editors should never have allowed the errors to get into print Still it has a lot of pretty maps and the idea of how otherwise this country could have been divided is fine for musing Suggestion Make your library acuire it and save the expense since it is unlikely to be something you want on your shelf


  7. Sarah TheAromaofBooks Sarah TheAromaofBooks says:

    I love nonfiction books about random topics and I also love maps   Lost States incorporates both things  Basically Trinklein looks at a BUNCH of territories that almost became states or wished they could become states or would  be really cool if they could become states etc  He covers everything from random ways to divide the Northwest Territory to the possibility of some of our current states splitting California Maine and Texas have all considered it in recent years to current US territories to western states that didn't uite make the cut  While the book is really enjoyable and also full of color pictures and maps making it fun to read it's also very brief  Each potential state only gets one oversize page and one page of picturesmaps so you don't get a lot of details about anything  There is also plenty of Trinklein's snarky humor to go around but luckily I enjoyed that part tooAll in all  Lost States wasn't necessarily the most educational nonfiction read I've come across recently but it was uick and engaging and gave me a lot of random trivia to pull out during those awkward conversational silences that come up from time to time


  8. Philip Philip says:

    As a Social Studies teacher I'm always looking for books that make history a bit interesting With that said being a Social Studies teacher makes that incredibly difficult Since I already find it interesting I don't know if something is interesting because it is or because I'm already predisposed to thinking it isI thought this book was pretty dang interesting And funny Yeah there were some errors on a couple maps and maybe they should have been caught by somebody but since a lot of the maps were just conjecture in the first place what's the big deal people? Nickajack never made it as a state I've never seen a map of Nickajack until this bookThis was mostly all review but it was an icing review of entertaining tidbits that are often overlooked by the cake of historySure there were times when his tongue in cheek wit made me uestion the facts Does the government include USA after New Mexico because people got the licenses confused? Was Washington the most popular and powerful person in his day? Is distance the real reason the Phillippines didn't become a state? or are these just the punch lines to the jokes I didn't tell here for fear of copy right lawsuit reprisals? I don't know But I do know I enjoyed the book The book has a little info on each proposed sometimes not officially proposed but there were always inklings of a state forming state along with a theoretical map of where it would go The info for each state is sourced in the back In an era where citation is becoming a thing of the past and opinionated blogs are replacing investigative journalism I apprecitate going to the back of the book to see where Trinklein got his information It lets me know that if people really have a beef with his wit they can go to the source and see what the real story isSurprises?The number of states proposed out of a fear of CommunismThe number of states proposed due to water issuesThe number of cities that considered statehoodTexas doesn't need Congressional approval to form itself into new states how did I miss that one? and it can turn itself into 5 states counting TX itselfConnections?I just read all about William Walker in the book The First Tycoon That dealt mainly with Walker filibutering not as we know it in Nicaragua but mostly just a thorn in the side of Vanderbilt himself Here it talks about his attempt to make Baja California into a state SonoraFavorite Person?William Augustus Bowles Seriously how did I never hear about this guy? a guy who gets kicked out of the US military joins a Creek tribe marries the chief's daughter consolidates several Native American nations becomes their king rallies the native peoples against an evil empire gets captured and thrown into a Spanish prison escapes takes over a British ship becomes a pirate takes over a Spanish fort A huge Spanish force is dispatched to capture him but they get lost He's like a real life Gilgamesh Only bigger I'm hoping I can work him into my family tree somehow even if it's by marriage To a distant eighth cousin In lawFavorite State?I don't know Navassa maybe? Just the thought of being legally allowed to claim any island in the world because it has a bunch of bird poop on it makes me happy A little weirdYeah there are some mistakes And it's not exhaustive but it's not meant to be It's meant to piue your interest and get you looking for stuff on your own Which I have I'm thinking about starting my own state Legally Not a coup Hopefully I get mentioned in the second edition Habecker's state Habeckeria would have been the smallest state in the union comprising his house yard and an eighth of a meter into his alley But it was not to be Having only 4 people in the state was deemed imprudent by the 113th Congress Habeckeria sent two Senators and a Representative anyway but all were turned away Upon returning home he received a fine for leaving his 4 year old daughter unattended as the sole resident of his state and fine for long grass As he sat in jail he realized his goal of statehood was unattainable for now


  9. Dustin Crazy little brown owl Dustin Crazy little brown owl says:

    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 informationThe cover unfolds to a full sized map which would be nifty to hang up if I had a library or study A nice looking bookTrinklein who lived in Idaho for 20 years keeps mentioning Mormons I've noticed this in 5 Lost States there may even be 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 TRACTSProbably 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 Favorite uotesINTRODUCTIONFifty 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 statesSorry It wasn't nearly that tidyI've always felt a sense of wonder gazing at old maps imagining the stories behind each suiggly line Maps are a record of individuals trying to make a difference in how the world worksABOUT THE MAPSAll maps have a purpose perhaps even an agenda Mine are no exceptionBOSTONIf every New England suabble led to the creation of a new state the US flag would have a thousand starsFORGOTTONIA loved reading about this oneSo 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 healthyOhFRANKLIN named after Ben FranklinThe lesson here is that if you're going to name a state after a living historical figure you should probably ask the person firstIt'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 than a century with only one exception WashingtonGREENLAND Prime Real Estate Even George W Bush Was InterestedIt's true that Greenland is mostly ice but that could change uickly as global warming kicks inGUYANAMany have argued that the best way to preserve its rain forests is to offer the protection of US law Admittedly this is not a terribly compelling reason to annex another country but America has invaded places for flimsier reasonsI predict that if oil turns up in Guyana relations with the United States might warm up considerablyHOWLANDThose 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 IslandICELANDWhat if America had offered to buy rather than invade Ira? 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 Irai citizen about 103000 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 Irai of the warSOUTH CALIFORNIA Actually They Wanted To Call It ColoradoPico'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


  10. Don LeClair Don LeClair says:

    A satirical history of states that never wereI really enjoyed the light hearted satirical writing in this book It presents an anthology of short stories of proposed states that never were made Many neVer uite made it to the point of formally being proposed but many of those were the most amusing Having grown up in an era where most candidates were already settled other than Puerto Rico It is interesting to see some of the might have beens Given the nature of the book it is kind of hard to bring it all together But maybe the suggestion and illustration for Yucatán were as good as you can get 😀


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Lost States[PDF / Epub] ★ Lost States By Michael J. Trinklein – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida Texlahoma Montezuma Rough and Ready and Yazoo Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union Others never had a chance Many are still trying Consider        •  Frontier legend Daniel Boone once proposed a state of Transylvania in the Appalachian wilderness his plan was resurrected a few years later with the new name of Kentucky      •  Residents of bucolic South Jersey wanted to secede from their urban north Jersey neighbors and form the fifty first state      •  The Gold Rush territory of Nataua could have made a fine state—but since no women were willing to live there the settlers gave up and joined California   Each story offers a fascinating glimpse at the nation we might have become—along with plenty of absurd characters bureaucratic red tape and political gamesmanship Accompanying these tales are beautifully rendered maps detailing the proposed state boundaries plus images of real life artifacts and ephemera Welcome to the world of Lost States.

10 thoughts on “Lost States

  1. Terry Carroll Terry Carroll says:

    I wanted to like this book I really did But it's replete with errors and for a book that purports to be non fiction that's a fatal flaw for me especially when it's subtitled True stories of I recognize that this is not an academic textbook and the author has raised that as his defense but really there's no excusing some of the slop hereI found three errors myself and I'm not particularly knowledgeable in this area1 President McKinley's first name was William not James Philippines2 In the real world the Cimarron Strip now the Oklahoma Panhandle turned into three counties; Trinklein thinks it turned into only Beaver County completely missing Texas and Cimarron counties No Man's Land3 Rio Rico when discovered to be technically part of the US was pretty promptly ceded to Mexico; Trinklein says it became part of Texas which it technically did but that was only for a few years and hasn't been the case since the 1970s Rio RicoThese are just the errors I found; others have found as I found out with a little googling try 'errors Lost States Trinklein' I'm embarrassed that I missed that the photo purportedly of CSA President Jefferson Davis in Baja Arizona is not the CSA President at all but a different Jefferson Davis a confederate generalThe George W Bush references are annoying and I'm no Bush fan They just seem amateurish in a published book They would be easy enough to ignore in a blog I suspect that Trinklein just republished a lot of his blog and unfortunately without the aid of a good editor who would have caught things like thisSo a potentially fun book but completely spoiled for me by its lack of credibility If you're reading the book to learn something give it up you can't tell whether what you're reading is factual or not due to the total disregard for accuracy

  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    I saw this book come through at my library and I thought What a great topic for a book And it is a great topic It's too bad it was in my opinion really mishandledThe book has uite a bit of breadth 74 states are covered but no depth Each state gets two pages one of which is a full page map The facing page contains pictures which are often only tangentially related to the topic; lots of tepid uncreative jokes; and a little information The maps range from interesting to out and out bad one clearly has hand drawn marker on it; one has Wyoming on the western border of Kansas which is the reason I downgraded the book from two stars I think there were maybe four? historical facts that I learned from a 160 page book but the history was in places just as bad as the maps uote George Washington was the most popular and powerful man in the world WILDLY FALSE WILDLY I don't know who this book is aimed at It doesn't give enough background information to teach much to American history novices it would have helped a little if the order of the states were chronological instead of alphabetical and it's too superficial to teach anything to people who already have solid American history backgroundIn short this is a book with the pace and tone of an Uncle John's Bathroom Reader but without the depth or intelligence

  3. Leanne Leanne says:

    A fascinating subject an author with a sense of humor beautifully designed maps on every page couldn't ask for

  4. Sesana Sesana says:

    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 US state? Who really thinks that if uebec 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

  5. Dan Dan says:

    An interesting concept executed poorly Was very disappointed in the lack of depth and glossing over the majority of the interesting details usually to make far too easy jokesIf anything the book reinforced the importance of political geography that I read about in Prisoners of Geography but this was boring and shallowThat's what I get for buying at a bookstore that has everything 70% off Not all independent bookstores are good bookstores

  6. HBalikov HBalikov says:

    Great idea that is poorly executed Molly the editors should never have allowed the errors to get into print Still it has a lot of pretty maps and the idea of how otherwise this country could have been divided is fine for musing Suggestion Make your library acuire it and save the expense since it is unlikely to be something you want on your shelf

  7. Sarah TheAromaofBooks Sarah TheAromaofBooks says:

    I love nonfiction books about random topics and I also love maps   Lost States incorporates both things  Basically Trinklein looks at a BUNCH of territories that almost became states or wished they could become states or would  be really cool if they could become states etc  He covers everything from random ways to divide the Northwest Territory to the possibility of some of our current states splitting California Maine and Texas have all considered it in recent years to current US territories to western states that didn't uite make the cut  While the book is really enjoyable and also full of color pictures and maps making it fun to read it's also very brief  Each potential state only gets one oversize page and one page of picturesmaps so you don't get a lot of details about anything  There is also plenty of Trinklein's snarky humor to go around but luckily I enjoyed that part tooAll in all  Lost States wasn't necessarily the most educational nonfiction read I've come across recently but it was uick and engaging and gave me a lot of random trivia to pull out during those awkward conversational silences that come up from time to time

  8. Philip Philip says:

    As a Social Studies teacher I'm always looking for books that make history a bit interesting With that said being a Social Studies teacher makes that incredibly difficult Since I already find it interesting I don't know if something is interesting because it is or because I'm already predisposed to thinking it isI thought this book was pretty dang interesting And funny Yeah there were some errors on a couple maps and maybe they should have been caught by somebody but since a lot of the maps were just conjecture in the first place what's the big deal people? Nickajack never made it as a state I've never seen a map of Nickajack until this bookThis was mostly all review but it was an icing review of entertaining tidbits that are often overlooked by the cake of historySure there were times when his tongue in cheek wit made me uestion the facts Does the government include USA after New Mexico because people got the licenses confused? Was Washington the most popular and powerful person in his day? Is distance the real reason the Phillippines didn't become a state? or are these just the punch lines to the jokes I didn't tell here for fear of copy right lawsuit reprisals? I don't know But I do know I enjoyed the book The book has a little info on each proposed sometimes not officially proposed but there were always inklings of a state forming state along with a theoretical map of where it would go The info for each state is sourced in the back In an era where citation is becoming a thing of the past and opinionated blogs are replacing investigative journalism I apprecitate going to the back of the book to see where Trinklein got his information It lets me know that if people really have a beef with his wit they can go to the source and see what the real story isSurprises?The number of states proposed out of a fear of CommunismThe number of states proposed due to water issuesThe number of cities that considered statehoodTexas doesn't need Congressional approval to form itself into new states how did I miss that one? and it can turn itself into 5 states counting TX itselfConnections?I just read all about William Walker in the book The First Tycoon That dealt mainly with Walker filibutering not as we know it in Nicaragua but mostly just a thorn in the side of Vanderbilt himself Here it talks about his attempt to make Baja California into a state SonoraFavorite Person?William Augustus Bowles Seriously how did I never hear about this guy? a guy who gets kicked out of the US military joins a Creek tribe marries the chief's daughter consolidates several Native American nations becomes their king rallies the native peoples against an evil empire gets captured and thrown into a Spanish prison escapes takes over a British ship becomes a pirate takes over a Spanish fort A huge Spanish force is dispatched to capture him but they get lost He's like a real life Gilgamesh Only bigger I'm hoping I can work him into my family tree somehow even if it's by marriage To a distant eighth cousin In lawFavorite State?I don't know Navassa maybe? Just the thought of being legally allowed to claim any island in the world because it has a bunch of bird poop on it makes me happy A little weirdYeah there are some mistakes And it's not exhaustive but it's not meant to be It's meant to piue your interest and get you looking for stuff on your own Which I have I'm thinking about starting my own state Legally Not a coup Hopefully I get mentioned in the second edition Habecker's state Habeckeria would have been the smallest state in the union comprising his house yard and an eighth of a meter into his alley But it was not to be Having only 4 people in the state was deemed imprudent by the 113th Congress Habeckeria sent two Senators and a Representative anyway but all were turned away Upon returning home he received a fine for leaving his 4 year old daughter unattended as the sole resident of his state and fine for long grass As he sat in jail he realized his goal of statehood was unattainable for now

  9. Dustin Crazy little brown owl Dustin Crazy little brown owl says:

    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 informationThe cover unfolds to a full sized map which would be nifty to hang up if I had a library or study A nice looking bookTrinklein who lived in Idaho for 20 years keeps mentioning Mormons I've noticed this in 5 Lost States there may even be 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 TRACTSProbably 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 Favorite uotesINTRODUCTIONFifty 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 statesSorry It wasn't nearly that tidyI've always felt a sense of wonder gazing at old maps imagining the stories behind each suiggly line Maps are a record of individuals trying to make a difference in how the world worksABOUT THE MAPSAll maps have a purpose perhaps even an agenda Mine are no exceptionBOSTONIf every New England suabble led to the creation of a new state the US flag would have a thousand starsFORGOTTONIA loved reading about this oneSo 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 healthyOhFRANKLIN named after Ben FranklinThe lesson here is that if you're going to name a state after a living historical figure you should probably ask the person firstIt'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 than a century with only one exception WashingtonGREENLAND Prime Real Estate Even George W Bush Was InterestedIt's true that Greenland is mostly ice but that could change uickly as global warming kicks inGUYANAMany have argued that the best way to preserve its rain forests is to offer the protection of US law Admittedly this is not a terribly compelling reason to annex another country but America has invaded places for flimsier reasonsI predict that if oil turns up in Guyana relations with the United States might warm up considerablyHOWLANDThose 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 IslandICELANDWhat if America had offered to buy rather than invade Ira? 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 Irai citizen about 103000 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 Irai of the warSOUTH CALIFORNIA Actually They Wanted To Call It ColoradoPico'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

  10. Don LeClair Don LeClair says:

    A satirical history of states that never wereI really enjoyed the light hearted satirical writing in this book It presents an anthology of short stories of proposed states that never were made Many neVer uite made it to the point of formally being proposed but many of those were the most amusing Having grown up in an era where most candidates were already settled other than Puerto Rico It is interesting to see some of the might have beens Given the nature of the book it is kind of hard to bring it all together But maybe the suggestion and illustration for Yucatán were as good as you can get 😀

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