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Little Brown Brother: How the United States Purchased and Pacified the Philippines

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First published in 1960, Little Brown Brother won the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians in 1962 as the book which "best combined serious historical scholarship and literary distinction." Available again, this book looks at a long history of Filipino struggle for independence. When the Spanish-American war broke out in 1898, the Philippines--a co ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published April 9th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1961)
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Aug 05, 2011 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a personal interest in this subject — my great-grandfather fought in the Philippine-American war; he enlisted from upstate New York in 1899, did his three years, and was discharged in 1902 with a record of excellent service. Before I'd ever looked him up, I never even knew that the U.S. was ever in a war with the Philippines. This isn't something even mentioned in history classes today.

Were it not for my personal interest, I don't think I would have ever picked this book up. I'm not a hug
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Aug 25, 2012 Pelaut rated it it was amazing
I first read this book back in 1968 when I was living in Manila.
I just bought a new copy and read it a second time.
It is interesting to note that torture, killing of prisoners, looting, massacres of civilians
and shooting up of wedding parties etc. is an old tradition in the USAF...
A well written, detailed account of the US invasion of the Philippines.

There is a similar book on the same subject, namely "Philippine-American War, 1899-1902"
written by the Filipino historian Arnaldo Dumindin. This b
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Mar 31, 2008 Joe Paulk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It's dated. Normally, dated history can be fun if stuffiness can be overlooked, but this time.....ah...I just didn't feel it. The author also had racial superiority views that were more common in academia a half century ago. I did enjoy a look at daily life for a soldier at the turn of the turn of the century. It wasn't so "Be All You Can Be".
Rob Mcke
May 24, 2013 Rob Mcke rated it it was amazing
I particularly like the story of Ferdrick Funston played a key role in planning and executing the capture of Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo, it's boys own stuff but at the time was seen as unfair.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 25, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Shelves: political, history
At the end of the Spanish-American War, the US gained control of the Philippines. This work discusses how America went about governing the Philippines and the treatment of the natives.
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Jul 28, 2011 Homer H Blass is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting background to Spanish American War. Dated but well written with lots of bon mots.
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