President Trump was not the first president to voice interest in buying Greenland. In 1946, Harry Truman also made an attempt. Greenland said no both times. In fact, the U.S. has purchased land to extend its empire many times in its 244-year history. In the early years, land was acquired by pushing out indigenous people. Later, the U.S. desire for acquiring more land extended through World Wars I and II. According to Daniel Immerwahr, by the end of WWII, instead of acquiring land, the U.S. found it easier to project influence by wielding its newly acquired power. At the time, the U.S. had jurisdiction over more people living outside its states than inside. Come explore what globalization and empire mean to the U.S. today. We’ll read Daniel Immerwahr’s fast-paced How to Hide an Empire (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019). The story unfolds through vignettes featuring a wide range of players, including Daniel Burnham, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Francisco Franco, and presidents from Jefferson through the era of globalization with both Bushes, Obama, and Trump. Reviewers have called Immerwahr’s book “compulsively readable.” We’ll read and discuss about 40 pages per week. Active participation is requested and encouraged.