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In Our Image has ratings and 44 reviews. Rosalinda said: If you like Philippine History, this is one of the best books written about the Philippines. In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines is a book by American journalist Stanley Karnow, published by Random House. The book details the. A brilliant, coherent social and political overview spanning three turbulent centuries.”—San Francisco Chronicle Stanley Karnow.

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As for the war itself, Karnow’s view concurs with others who trace the country’s moral malaise to those desperate days: One plausible theory is that Imelda and general Ver were plotting a coup, and Ver had N assassinated. An American Story by David Oshinsky It gives me a new perspective on how the nation was formed. America’s empire in the Philippines.

White and Jean Schneider. Karnow appears to have difficulty deciding whether this is a book about Filipino history or American history in the area at that particular time. Views Read Edit View history.

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines

Oct 16, Rosalinda Morgan added it Shelves: The focus is the US involvement in the islands. Sign In or Create an Account. My earliest reaction to book as I started reading it was it sounded patronizing towards Filipino people. Arab traders bring Islam to Malaya, reaching Ph.

Today, Ninoy, like Rizal, has as a borderline saint-martyr status. Sobering and not particularly optimistic in its conclusions, it is a fascinating book to digest now, almost 30 years after its publication.

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S allowed the Philippines to form political parties advocating independence, to vote in local and parliamentary elections, and to print their own newspapers. Yet America Despite Americans’ continual debates about the nature of their modern “empire,” or about their supposedly imperialistic foreign policy, there is one extremely relevant case of American empire that almost no one discusses, the Philippines.

You know you can ask the locals, but the story they might tell you might be skewed, so you go out looking for a bookstore that might hold a book that will tell you the history of the place.


I started the book intending to limit my reading to the era of the insurrection, but got hooked and finished it.

Battle Cry of Freedom: Pulitzer Prize for History Stanley Karnow is author and journalist who covered both the French and American wars in Indochina. It’s the little bit more that makes this a less than enthralling read.

Karnow, a veteran reporter on Asia his admirable “Vietnam: It was a speed history course on an interesting country, and got me curious to learn more. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Second, Karnow’s chronology is a bit looser than Stanlfy would prefer. This book was published in ; it would be interesting to The people of the Philippines have been used and abused throughout history, from on arrival of Magellan and his men, the Spanish, the friars of the Catholic Church, American intervention, and worst of all, under the control of one of their own, Ferdinand Marcos.

I ended up karnw the book a lot.

Although it is decades old, it is a excellent read to help understand the Philippines from an American lens and vice versa. The Filipino body politic seeks Messianic leaders and almost wants to be deluded.

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To view it, click here. My motive for reading this was that I stanely to learn more about the War ofespecially the part we Americans called the Philippine Insurrection, for a course I was scheduled to teach. But while the Filipinos proved adept at learning English and adopting American fashions, they retained their cultural roots, with basic loyalties to kith and kin, not people and nation.

Overall a pretty decent read, and perhaps an indispensable one if one is thinking of visiting the region. It is a pretty dense read – staney not likely great for someone who wants a quick, breezy intro.

Chinese trading posts across most of SE Asia, including Ph. It’s a history book that flows well and reads as a story. It ignored the fact that the North Vietnamese received extremely extensive supplies from both Russia and China throughout their war with the USA and the South, as well as the benefit ofChinese troops that were based in North Vietnam to enable the NVA to send more troops into the South and to forestall a US invasion of North Vietnam.


Stanley was the correspondent for Time magazine for South East Asia, and got to know many of the players that shaped the face of modern day Philippines.

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow

Taft in private railed against Filipinos’ “Oriental duplicity,” failing to see what is true to this day: The latter despises McArthur. Bataan Death March — horrific. The social structure at the time of Spanish conquest in many ways resembled Anglo-Saxon Britain. America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow.

Five hundred years in the convent, and fifty years in Hollywood, goes the adage. Stays in US Admiral Dewey smashed the Spanish fleet off the Philippines, and U. Anyone interested in this region of the world should read this book.

In Our Image

If you are interested in the Philippines, get a copy. Blood in the Water: Karnow covered a good bit of okr. The author, journalist Stanely Karnow lived through some of that history.

The consistent references might be a little mystifying to someone who wasn’t aware of the extent that the Vietnam War transfixed public attention and became the defining event in the lives of many who were there. I started the book intending to limit my reading to the era of the insurrection, but got hooked an Stxnley much like Karnow’s Vietnam.