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Posted November 6, 2002
Well-Researched and Fair
Linn's work provides an extremely detailed (almost to an excruciating degree) and meticulously researched accounting of the U.S. war with the Filipino rebels from 1899 to 1902. For the serious historian interested in U.S. policies and military operations in southeast Asia the book is a must read. The text is well written though somewhat tedious and dry in areas, but the author is not given to including excessive personal opinion in the documentary. There is a somewhat annoying lack of detailed maps to assist the reader less informed on Phillipine geography in understanding the various campaigns; if the author can describe in verbage the route of a march, certainly a map can be drawn to better illustrate the operation. Almost no attention is paid to the reactions of other world powers to the U.S. actions, which I found to be a curious omission. All in all I would recommend the book to only the most serious historian.
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