In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippinesby Stanley Karnow
Traces the history of the Philippines, discusses the influence of Spain and the United States, and looks at the problems facing the Philippines today. See more details below
Traces the history of the Philippines, discusses the influence of Spain and the United States, and looks at the problems facing the Philippines today.
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"A Page-Turning Story and Authoritative History."
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"Perhaps The Best Journalist Writing On Asian Affairs."
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Stanley Karnow won the Pulitzer Prize for this account of America's imperial experience in the Philippines. In a swiftly paced, brilliantly vivid narrative, Karnow focuses on the relationship that has existed between the two nations since the United States acquired the country from Spain in 1898, examining how we have sought to remake the Philippines "in our image," an experiment marked from the outset by blundering, ignorance, and mutual misunderstanding.
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Stanley Karnow's Vietnam is his most popular book, but to be honest it can't hold a candle to In Our Image. I read a great deal of history, and to me this is one of the most detailed yet entertaining and insightful history books on a specific subject ever written. I'm sure few people will get to reading this Pulitzer Prize winning novel, but if they do the effort will be well worth it.
Wish this is a required reading for Filipino high school students, together with Past Revisited 1 and 2 by Renato Constantino.
Finally moving to the Philippines after 30-day visits for the past 10 years, explanation for peculiar observations concerning government services (complete lack thereof, or extreme procrastination), ubiquitous corporate greed (no concept of "customer service"), and a general culture of disgruntled apathy pervading society, has been extremely elusive due to its complexity. On each trip over here I would ask myself (and those around me): Why is this country so backward? The answer is always, "Corruption everywhere", or "Its always been like this". One does not need a book to learn of the love/hate relationship with the US. Society here tries in vain to "look" like the US. That's the key: "look". They have no intention (or ability) of attempting to "be" like the US. It is all a sad mediocre charade. Even after all these decades of "independence" the Philippines remains without an identity. Why would I choose to live here? If you can shove this country's debilitating problems aside . . . It is truly paradise! "In Our Image" explains it all! And the explanation (that I've been looking for) truly is quite complicated. But it all makes perfect sense now. Karnow has put together a masterpiece. This book is a MUST for any "Kano" who has entered into a relationship (of any kind) with a Filipina(o). It was said by those around me that I have "openly embraced the culture and have strived to learn the Philippine ways". Baloney! I understood very little prior to reading "In Our Image". Too bad it ended with Cory. I would love to have read Karnow's take on on the continuing inept: from FVR to the present Noynoy.
This is the number one book on the hows and the whys of America's relationship with the Philippines. I first bought this book in 1989, read it, and loaned it to a friend. I never got it back. After buying the NOOK Color, I downloaded the book. I'm revisited the entire chapter.
I feel that Karnow really illustrated what was going on in the Philippines. Many people are clueless about the relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines. Great BOOK!!