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America's Boy: A Century of Colonialism in the Philippines
A narrative history of the USA-supported dictatorship that came to define the Philippines. Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos presented themselves as the reincarnation of a primal couple from Filipino mythology. Ferdinand reinvented himself as a matchless fighter against the Japanese. Time magazine hailed him as a hero. He was the strongman, the dictator, welcomed at the White ...more
Hardcover, 1st U.S., 490 pages
Published 1999 by Henry Holt & Company (NYC)
(first published 1998)
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Aug 05, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: USA & Philippine citizens
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Author Hamilton-Paterson, a long-time British resident of the Philippines, presents biographies of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos nested within a 'biography' of the nation from Spanish colonization until the time of publication. Contrasting with the world-historical he offers occasional forays into the lifeways of a representative Philippino village, reminding the reader that most citizens do not live in Manilla and have little materially in common with their 'betters' in this third-world client of ...more
James Hamilton-Paterson's work has been translated into many languages. He is a highly acclaimed author of non-fiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and Playing with Water, as well as America's Boy, a study of Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippines. Gerontius, his first novel, won the Whitbread Award, while his most recent, Loving Monsters (2001), was praised by the Sunday Telegrap ...moreMore about James Hamilton-Paterson...