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Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made it is a book that's right up my alley. I love history and geography and this book combines both of them. :) The book gave lots of really great information about why different states didn't make it. Most were just little pipe dreams, some actually came very close to statehood, and others are other countries that might've become territories if not states. I was hoping for a bit more in depth information (more along the lines of How the States Got Their Shapes), but since Trinklein says in the introduction that he's not going to give a lot of information on each state, I can't really complain it. The book has definitely done what Trinklein says he hopes it would, it's made me want to learn more about some of these states and their failure or relative success. The book's very easy to read and very enjoyable. I highly recommend it to anyone at all interested in the forming of the US. :)