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America's Boy: A Century of Colonialism in the Philippines

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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
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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
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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 ...more
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