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Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Juan Ponce Enrile’s career spans six presidencies from Ferdinand Marcos to Benigno S. Aquino III, during which the Philippines metamorphosed from a free-wheeling republic into a brutal dictatorship that eventually gave way to a turbulent return to democratic rule. Sheer longevity, proximity to power and a forceful personality have made Enrile difficult to trivialize, much ...more
Hardcover, 754 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Abs-Cbn Publishing Inc.
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Cynthia Bugsey
Oct 28, 2012 Cynthia Bugsey rated it it was amazing
This is an autobiography that starts with the story of a "bastard" child in some far away province where there was no electricity and not enough food and opportunity,add the fact that he was born 88 years ago and you get the picture of a hungry kid in a third world country who had no certain future. He does seem to find solace in nature, but even nature can be cruel during hot summers. He has to work to go to grade school as a servant but manages NOT to feel "victimized" by his fate. Instead, he ...more
Maria
May 20, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
The Historical Events mentioned here happened before my generation; before I was even Born ... Interesting His Trials, Defeats & Triumphs is formidable. The condensed Inaugural Speech of Marcos is Brilliant.

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Juan Ponce Enrile’s career spans six presidencies from Ferdinand Marcos to Benigno S. Aquino III, during which the Philippines metamorphosed from a free-wheeling republic into a brutal dictatorship that eventually gave way to a turbulent return to democratic rule. She
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Angela De ocampo
Jul 07, 2015 Angela De ocampo rated it it was amazing
Juan Ponce Enrile is one of the greatest minds in Philippine politics and it's a shame that his reputation today has turned out to the way it is now. This book provides a preview not only of Ponce Enrile's struggles and triumps but that of the country's as well. Great book for those interested in the Marcos and post-Marcos era.
Princebatausa
Aug 12, 2014 Princebatausa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a lover of history and autobiographies of prominent people. I could classify this book as one of those "cant get enough" books of mine. I find myself turning pages and pages and pages.

Knowing his perspective of Philippine history as it unfolds right before his eyes is a great read! I didn't took this book as the ultimate answer to all the missing link questions to what happened in the past but instead treated this book as a statement of his defense.


This is a book that will take you to Phi
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Kim Laurente
Apr 16, 2013 Kim Laurente rated it really liked it
This book probably has some biases because it's of course one-sided. Nevertheless, it is very informative and descriptive to the significant events that occurred since the Japanese invasion until the controversial impeachment of Chief Justice Corona. It's like listening to your grandparents' first-hand-experiences-story-telling. It even eased my questions and misunderstandings about Philippine history.
Jayvee
Apr 01, 2015 Jayvee rated it really liked it
Juan Ponce Enrile is his own apologist in this book but he does not apologize for it. Would be interesting though if he decided to write this book with the PDAF scam already known.
Mia
Sep 02, 2013 Mia rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Very informative but self-serving. It's a memoir after all. Still I have yet to decide whether to like or dislike him. Let God and history judge him.
Vanessa
Sep 21, 2013 Vanessa rated it liked it
an eye opener for me, although it requires reading other books to verify the lots-of-revelations in the book.
Ria
Jan 21, 2013 Ria rated it really liked it
Curiousity satisfied. JPE is a master spin doctor.
Jareed
'The man eats his own words for breakfast.' 'Nuff said.
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