In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.
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You meet someone new and in a matter of seconds they make up their mind about you. They're responding to your presence: what people see when they look at you, what they hear when you speak, and how they feel when they're around you. If you're not thrilled with the responses you're getting - if you don't attract clients the way you'd like to...if you didn't get the promotion you wanted...if you don't make the money you ought to be making - it may very well be because you're missing that powerful presence.