The Philippine War, 1899-1902 / Edition 1by Brian McAllister Linn
Pub. Date: 01/28/2000
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
This year begins the centennial of the Philippine War, one of the most controversial and poorly understood events in American history. The war thrust the U.S. into the center of Pacific and Asian politics, with important and sometimes tragic consequences. It kept the Filipinos under colonial overlordship for another five decades and subjected them to American
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One of the best books I have read on the Philippine/American war. The history is told from the American military side but it does not ignore the errors and abuses committed by both sides. Some books on the Philippine War written during the Vietnam War/post Vietnam War period try to make their history a commentary on a different war. This book sticks to the subject. The best book on this forgotten war has yet to be written. A book that would look at both sides objectively and report the facts would be a welcome addition to the history of our nation.
just when i thought a book that will finally explain in detail what happened during those years, well, turned out to be a big disappointment. for one thing, if the author did spent 20 years researching this interesting period, he forgot to research the side of the filipinos. too much superlatives are tacked on american exploits, while the atrocities that happened were downplayed into mere allegations. to make the book sounds like it's fair, the author would every now and then pepper phrases like 'brave and courageous filipinos'. what the author keep forgeting is the fact that the americans went to the philippines and not vice versa. for the life of me, i can't understand how all of a sudden, the filipinos are the bad guys. with this type of mentality, our invasion of iraq suddenly is justified. if you like to read stories were americans are always the good guys and could never do any wrong, perhaps you'd like this book, but if you're searching for the truth, keep searching...