In Our Image has ratings and 44 reviews. Rosalinda said: If you like Philippine History, this is one of the best books written about the Philippines. In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines is a book by American journalist Stanley Karnow, published by Random House. The book details the. A brilliant, coherent social and political overview spanning three turbulent centuries.”—San Francisco Chronicle Stanley Karnow.

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In Our Image

Briefly dated Imelda at some point. So Filipinos turned to politicians instead of the bureaucracy for assistance, a practice that fostered patronage and corruption. You know you can ask the locals, but or story they might tell you might be skewed, so you go out looking for a bookstore that might hold a book that will tell you the history of the place. I look forward to broadening my perspective on Filipino history, but this was a good entry point for an American with limited prior knowledge of the history of the Philippines.

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines

The Philippines arguably constituted the United States’ sole exercise in large scale colonialism, yet from the start it was beset with two painful contradictions: There were some new information in the book that I did not know – most of the history about the Spanish-American War and the role Teddy Roosevelt played. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. Sometimes, Stanley is not able to take the time to tell the whole story and as a reader you feel like you need to slog through it to get to the more interesting parts of the story.


This was just after a brutal war in which U. Mar 16, Brian rated it it was amazing. Karnow does a great job giving perspective to the past century of Filipino-American history.

Marcos concerned with image in US. This page was last edited on 1 Novemberat Lists with This Book. Revisionist history that makes widely reactionary conclusions without much backing, such as the assertion that Filipinos “submitted voluntarily to their own exploitation” and the imperialist beliefs that the Philippines would not have formed its own imahe had it not been for American intervention.

The people of the Philippines have been used and abused throughout history, from the arrival of Magellan and his men, the Spanish, the friars of the Catholic Church, American intervention, and worst of all, under the control of one of their own, Ferdinand Marcos. On the whole, it is a well-told but not encouraging tale.

Books by Stanley Karnow. America’s efforts to instill its values and institutions in or disparate place was “spurred by a belief still ingrained in Americans,” Karnow observes.

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow

Ph economy in the gutter, increased commie political presence. Encounters at the Heart of the World: Voyagers to the West: What did we do there?

What have we left there? I blogged about this excellent book here. After the war – Fate of collaborators.


In our image: America’s empire in the Philippines – Stanley Karnow – Google Books

Eisenhower, when asked much later if he had ever met MacArthur, said “I studied dramatics under him for seven years. Even with this slog, it is still a very interesting story to read and not only gives perspective to the Philippines, but also shows how some of the other nations in the area have formed their modern day ideologies as well. Karnow, a veteran reporter on Asia his admirable “Vietnam: Oct 24, David Prichard rated it really liked it.

Although the United States brutally put down an insurgency led by the wealthy native leader Emilio Aguinaldo, overall, the U.

It gave me a better understanding of Filipino society and culture while I was there. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Theme throughout the book of how throughout history illustrados shift loyalties among Spaniards, nationalists, Americans, Japanese. Retrieved from ” https: Jan 01, bibliotekker Holman rated it it was amazing.

To a Westerner, the Philippines is a mass of contradictions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Douglas MacArthur and his father before himis interestingly dealt with in this book, as a flawed and complex figure. America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow.