The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913

The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913

by James R. Arnold

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ISBN-13: 9781608193653
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 611,973
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

James R. Arnold is the author of more than twenty books, including Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraqknl (named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the St.Louis Post-Dispatch). He lives on a farm near Lexington, Virginia.


James Arnold is a Civil War and military historian and author of Tet Offensive 1968: Turning Point in Vietnam.

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The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BillyBaxton More than 1 year ago
Our book club selected this book for February and it was generally agreed to have been a good choice. I knew nothing about the Moro War before reading the book, but now have a good over view of the events and personalities involved. Many of them are to be heard of again during World War 1 and later. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in military history.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book about America's first extended ground conflict with a Muslim society can't fail to resonate with current events, and Arnold seems to do a fine job of capturing the ebb and flow of how policy drove whether the American army undertook aggressive moves or not. While certainly not written to point fingers, the governorship of Leonard Wood can't help but to compare unfavorably with that of, say, John J. Pershing, if only because of Wood's grand-standing drive for distinction led him to sanction acts that are hard not to describe as genocidal.As for what would have been the other option, apart from not getting involved in the Philippines in the first place, Arnold suggests that the American invaders failed to recognize that there was more of a social structure to work with than they cared to admit. Of course, this would have meant a tolerance for the superficially Islamic tribal culture of Mindano and the Sulu Archipelago that was unlikely in an army and government in a hurry to impose order and commercial development, and had absolute conviction that they were in the right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live on the island of Mindanao so this was especially informative. The Moros have not changed all that much in the last 100 years. They do have better weapons now. The Sulu islands are still a major trouble spot. A peace agreement was signed with the government recently (again) which will grant the Moro some autonomy. I still don't go to the part of island that is mostly Muslim for safety reasons. The book is easy to read and not dull as many historical books tend to be. I read the entire book in one day