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Waltzing With A Dictator

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Political Science, International Affairs, Currwent Affairs
Paperback, 570 pages
Published October 12th 1988 by Vintage Books (first published 1987)
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Elizabeth Evans
Sep 13, 2007 Elizabeth Evans rated it it was amazing
I lived in the Philippines from 1974 through 1978, during the peak of Ferdinand Marcos' reign. It was amazing to read about America's handling of this nut, and all the events that happened around me while we were living in Manila. Ambassador Sullivan went to our church. I remember our driver having an accident with Marcos' son's car (his name was Ferdinand, Jr., but they called him Bong-Bong!) Very interesting read.
Aug 15, 2011 walter rated it really liked it
Watch as five American presidents ignore gross corruption and herald it as a showcase of democracy!
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Jun 11, 2016 Paul Advincula rated it it was amazing
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My parents came to the United States in 1989, three years after Ferdinand Marcos, leader of the New Society, was removed from power. In all the years that I've known them, we never spoke about their experiences growing up under Marcos's regime - until now. As a first-generation Filipino-American, I know very little about my home country's history and even less about the involvement of the country I was born in with the country my parents were from. Waltzing With A Dictator gave me an eye-opening ...more
Gus Breymann
Apr 07, 2015 Gus Breymann rated it it was amazing
I read this book as soon as it was published in 1987. Two portions of it remain particularly interesting. First, there was the shadowy role of James Rafferty, whose primary job in the U. S. Embassy in Manila appeared to have been to carry out any and every request of First Lady Imelda Marcos, the Steel Butterfly, to keep her and President Marcos happy. Rafferty was the Embassy's fixer. Ambassador Sullivan didn't like him, and fired him, but Ambassador Byroade relied on him to him carry out tasks ...more
May 18, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing
Every Filipino should read this book. An eye-opening work on the many horrific abuses that took place during the Marcos dictatorship.
Jan 01, 2010 Kaye added it
it was amazing. the time of martial law in the philippines. true, whatever decisions America will make will affect countries worldwide. And sadly, even the democratic country like philippines.
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After graduating from Stanford Law School and serving in the U. S. Marine Corps (including a tour in Vietnam), Raymond Bonner practiced public interest law for several years before turning to journalism. He has been a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for The New York Times, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and has written for The New York Review of Books. He has reported from more ...more
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