In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines / Edition 1 by Stanley Karnow | 9780307775436 | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines

In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines

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by Stanley Karnow
     
 

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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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Traces the history of the Philippines, discusses the influence of Spain and the United States, and looks at the problems facing the Philippines today.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though Karnow claims that U.S. imperialism in its former colony, the Philippines, has been ``uniquely benign'' compared to European colonialism, the evidence set forth in this colorful, briskly readable history undercuts that prognosis. He shows that a succession of U.S. presidents and administrators coddled the archipelago's 60 or so ruling families, perpetuating the feudal oligarchy that continues to this day, and widening the gap between rich and poor. Karnow, whose Vietnam: A History is a standard account of the American venture in Southeast Asia, draws intriguing parallels: the U.S.-Philippine war of 1898, much like the Vietnam experience, dehumanized U.S. troops, who looted and annihilated villages; ex-President Marcos, like South Vietnamese ruler Diem, presented Washington with the problem of how to deal with a client state that squandered its credibility. In Karnow's assessment, the ``new prosperity'' under Corazon Aquino has not touched the Filipino countryside or slums. Photos. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Philippine history is often described as 300 years in a (Spanish) convent and 50 years in Hollywood. Karnow, who worked for 30 years as a journalist in Asia, narrates the careers of several individuals who influenced the Philippines. His treatment of the indecisiveness of President McKinley over the issue of empire and of the egotistical General MacArthur make the work a definite purchase for libraries. Weaker in treatment is the post-independence period, where Karnow concentrates upon Marcos and Aquino, both of whom he knows. Particularly revealing is his account of the White House coming to terms with the Aquino election victory. Those who love swashbuckling history will enjoy this work.-- Donald Clay Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis
From the Publisher
"Stanley Karnow Has Written The Ultimate Book — brilliant, panoramic, engrossing — about American behavior overseas in the twentieth century."

— The Boston Sunday Globe

"A Page-Turning Story and Authoritative History."

— The New York Times

"Perhaps The Best Journalist Writing On Asian Affairs."

— Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307775436
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/24/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
536
Sales rank:
309,325
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

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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