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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.
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
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
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 ...moreMore about Raymond Bonner...