Cover: Uncle Sam’s Policemen: The Pursuit of Fugitives across Borders, from Harvard University PressCover: Uncle Sam’s Policemen in HARDCOVER

Uncle Sam’s Policemen

The Pursuit of Fugitives across Borders

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$38.00 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674736924

Publication Date: 10/19/2015


288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

8 halftones


Unterman’s fascinating book deals with how the U.S. reclaimed fugitives who had fled the country, and how it expelled undesirables through extradition, deportation (later), or unofficial border renditions. Much of the account concerns the later 19th to the early 20th centuries, although the author brings her narrative to the present. The story coincides with the growing international influence of the U.S., as well as with the growth of business, business fraud, and the ease of travel… Throughout the book, Unterman gives colorful case accounts, making it almost like a novel in parts.—P. T. Smith, Choice

Uncle Sam’s Policemen uncovers the hidden history of America’s rise to power. Unterman shows how battles a century ago over policing, rendition, and deportation transformed the way that Americans saw themselves in the world. Her book stands at the forefront of the most exciting work in U.S. legal history and the history of U.S. foreign relations.—Christopher Capozzola, author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen

A compelling, briskly written, and important account of how the history of cross-border policing enabled contemporary rendition and expanded American global power.—Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

A timely and engrossing study. Cross-border policing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries established legal practices and cultural assumptions about rendition that have guided U.S. global power up to our own day. This splendidly written, well-researched history shows how Americans came to imagine—and tried to create—a world policed by U.S. authorities operating in the name of law while often placing themselves above it.—Emily S. Rosenberg, author of Transnational Currents in a Shrinking World: 1870–1945

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