Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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I cannot recommend this book enough to those who wish to understand the roots of American imperialism and what motivated it. The author presents an honest look at both sides of what was then a burning political question. He quotes not only from media sources but also letters and interviews of soldiers who fought on both sides, court documents, diaries, memoirs and legal papers. He spares no uncomfortable fact and provides a vivid account of both the atrocities and the brutality of guerrila warfare. He also delves into the arguments of congress, the press and the White House for how and why decisions were made (which were mostly due to the political winds of the prevailing election cycle). It's a great eye-opener for those that have never been confronted with the fact that the United States often acted with both greed and callousness. And yet the book is not a condemnation of the United States, rather a look back to what actually transpired from 1899-1903 under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt and America's ill-conceived attempt to enter what it thought was an elite club of nations that practiced third world colonialism.
Professor Miller's thorough, brilliant and balanced study of the first US venture overseas offers an array of insights into our present disaster in Iraq and the Middle East. It is fully documented, well worth the time, engagingly written and should be studied in our schools and college before our leaders ever again plunge into distant lands to seize resources or build an empire.