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

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As the global war on terror enters its second decade, the United States military is engaged with militant Islamic insurgents on multiple fronts. But the post-9/11 war against terrorists is not the first time the United States has battled such ferocious foes. The forgotten Moro War, lasting from 1902 to 1913 in the islands of the southern Philippines, was the first confront ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Bloomsbury Press (first published July 26th 2011)
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Bob Cardenas
Aug 26, 2011 Bob Cardenas rated it it was amazing
After decades of enjoying books on history it was nice to find a topic seldom mentioned, much less thoroughly researched, as the subjugation of the southern Philippine Moro tribes by the American military at the end of the Spanish American war.

Back in the first decade of the 20th century the Islamic Sunni Moros were still the unconquered subjects of Spain's 330 year rule, living as if it was still the 9th century. Their lifestyle accepted piracy, polygamy, slavery and the Koran of the 7th centu
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Dave
Aug 04, 2011 Dave marked it as to-read
The publisher preview tells you all you need to know about this jingoistic inflammatory piece of propaganda. Probably should be filed under fiction instead of 'history'.
John
Aug 05, 2012 John rated it liked it
100 years later and we're learning the same lessons again.
Lester Usapdin
I agree that this is just a propaganda to US' war on terror/against Islamic jihadists/Al Qaeda. The author is somewhat biased because he didn't mention the revolution of the Philippines against Spain that happened before the capitalist-imperialist United States of America STOLE our independence and colonized our country. He even praised that those bastard Spanish friars were "great".

I give a high respect to Moros during those times for having the courage and honor of not allowing themselves to
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Bob Cantrell
Dec 02, 2014 Bob Cantrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Forgotten Page of History

I had a little knowledge of this chapter in America's history before reading this book. So I was excited when I discovered this book. It was a well written book that was not a dry history book. It was interesting to see how the U.S. government handled a early cultural clash that is still being faced today. The clash is one between Christian and Muslim. I was intrigued by how so little has changed in this clash. Also how individuals on both sides of this struggle manage
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Ben
May 18, 2013 Ben rated it liked it
Do we need further proof of the truth behind the quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it?" An imperialist, chest-thumping American army struggles to occupy and control a faraway third world land of little strategic or resourceful value while fighting against Islamic terrorists among its native population. The details and casualties are kept largely hidden from the American public. Victory becomes ever harder to define, and an endpoint to the bloodshed seems impossib ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Sep 14, 2012 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Shelves: political, history
Following the Spanish-American War, the United States fought the Filipinos in Northern Philippines and the Moros on Mindanao as it became a colonial power. The Moro War was an early example of guerrilla warfare that the US would come up against in Viet Nam and then the Middle East. Despite the lessons presented in Mindanao, the US did not learn from the experience. A good read about the muslim experience in holy war against Christians and about the men that would lead American forces during Worl ...more
Larry
Sep 12, 2011 Larry rated it really liked it
The United States fought a jungle war on Mindanao immediately after its victories over Spain and then the Filipino insurrectos led by Aguinaldo (itself a shameful episode). Between 1902 and 1913 the US Army fought a Muslim insurgency—one marked by brutality on both sides en route to an American victory. It is even less well known than the war against the insurrectos, so Arnold's account is useful, supplementing existing books (see "Little Brown Brother," for one).
Loren
Mar 09, 2014 Loren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book on a subject that I knew absolutely nothing about. Well written and just enough in depth to provide a great overview. However its validity to today's struggles are rather limited but his conclusions on some of the trouble today within the Philippines and the Moros can be traced (and not in a negative way) to the US handing over sovereignty to the Philippine Government
Jessica Howard
Jun 10, 2011 Jessica Howard rated it liked it
Shelves: history, 2011
American soldiers fighting Moro rebels (rather unsuccessfully) in the southern Philippines in the early 20th century...
Stephen Boiko
Feb 11, 2016 Stephen Boiko rated it really liked it
US Army's first Islamic insurgency.
Robert Brightwell
Nov 25, 2012 Robert Brightwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction, own
This is the story of a fascinating and little known period of American and Philippine history. the author demonstrates great knowledge of the subject and manages to present a balanced view of the events. A very good book that is fun to read.
Tom
Aug 14, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it
Great account of a little known war. The account is less about a Muslim insurgency and more about a futile defense of a way of life that had been present for centuries. Command of the Philippine station was an incubator for future leaders (Pershing, Wood et al.) who played important roles in WWI
Edwin Canlapan
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D. Ennis
Jan 23, 2014 D. Ennis rated it liked it
I enjoyed the topic and found it a fairly engaging read. However, the writing could have been much better. Too many people or events brought up with no follow through.
Harmeet
May 01, 2014 Harmeet rated it liked it
About US absorption of Mindanao, Phillipines in early 20th century. It was an interesting but largely one sided account.
bibliotekker Holman
Dec 27, 2015 bibliotekker Holman rated it really liked it
The parallels between this forgotten 100 year old conflict and our recent wars is immediately apparent within the first pages. There is much food for thought here.
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