America's Boy

America's Boy

A Century of Colonialism in the Philippines

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Baker & Taylor
Delving into the depths of the Ferdinand Marcos regime, the author explains how Marcos came to power, with U.S. help, by exploiting Phillipine mythology and creating stories surrounding his combat with the Japanese. 10,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A narrative history of the U.S.-supported dictatorship that came to define the Philippines.

Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos presented themselves as the reincarnation of a primal couple from Filipino mythology. Ferdinand reinvented himself as a matchless fighter against the Japanese, and Time magazine hailed him as a hero. He was the strongman, the dictator, welcomed at the White House by Lyndon B. Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and the C.I.A..-America's Boy. For twenty-one years he and Imelda dominated the Philippines. In the , a "democratic revolution" replaced them with Corazon Aquino, who, in turn, was followed by Fidel Ramos, Imelda's cousin. Nothing changed: the world applauded, the shadow play went on.

James Hamilton-Paterson has gathered astonishing information from senators, cronies, rivals, and Marcos family members, including Imelda. Covering the entire one-hundred-year history of U. S. involvement in the Philippines, he offers a devastating vision of the price Filipinos paid for dictatorship. Perhaps no other couple is as emblematic of American Imperialism as the Marcoses; America's Boy is their story. Passionate, deeply researched, and haunting, it is "a riveting read" (The Guardian [London]) by one of the language's best stylists.

Book News
Details the rise and fall of Washington-supported Philippine figure heads Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. Though the couple usually did America's bidding, they could not survive the savage media blitz that accompanied their decline. Their story is set in the context of the wider Asian tragedies of the Marcos era, including the Vietnam War, the rise of the Suharto dictatorship, and the Cold War. Pays special attention to the complicated relationship between the couple and ordinary Filipinos. Includes b&w maps and a chronology. The author is a writer of both fiction and history, and has lived half of each year in the Philippines for 20 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The author explains how Marcos came to power, with U.S. help, by exploiting Phillipine mythology and creating stories surrounding his combat with the Japanese

Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1999
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780805061185
Branch Call Number: 959.9046 HAMIL
Characteristics: xxv, 462 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Originally published : [S.leaves] : Granta Books, 1998


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