Library Journal - Library JournalThe overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 has resulted in a surfeit of books on ``People Power,'' the Marcoses, and the modern history of the Philippines. These three titles are representative of the range of quality being published. Rumulo, author of Inside the Palace, is a prolific author of magazine articles and books on a wide range of topics. She is also the widow of General Carlos P. Romulo, renowned Filipino diplomat, UN leader, and foreign minister. With her special access to Filipino leaders and the Marcoses in particular, one would anticipate special insights into the Marcos regime. Unfortunately, Romulo is too concerned with her image and that of her late husband, with name dropping, with society column comments on menus and attire, and with petty swipes at celebrities. A shallow, wasted effort; not recommended. Endgame is by an exiled Filipino journalist who comes home and reports on the fall of Marcos. The first part of the book is a frenetic account of events leading up to the 1986 election. There are then two chapters on Rosca's journey to and interviews with members of the New People's Army, the communist insurgency force in the Philippines. This section is interesting, but out of place as the NPA had no role in the process which led to Marcos's downfall. The story of the 1986 election and the triumph of People Power is told better in People Power ( LJ 3/15/87) and Bryan Johnson's The Four Days of Courage ( LJ 6/1/87). Inside the Philippine Revolution also examines the NPA, but in the appropriate context of the communist insurgency. The role of the NPA in the eventual fall of Marcos is dealt with briefly at the end of this account, showing that the NPA's failure to recognize the true nature and opportunity of People Power was an important failure. Journalist Chapman combines a solid study of the background and formation of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the NPA, and the National Democratic Front with the fruits of many interviews of 1984-86. The result is an intelligent and balanced appraisal of the history and potential of the communist insurgency, and of its relationship to other anti-Marcos and anti-establishment forces (e.g., radical Catholic clergy). This work belongs in all Third World and communist studies collections. Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
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