In Our Image has ratings and 44 reviews. Rosalinda said: If you like Philippine History, this is one of the best books written about the Philippines. In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines is a book by American journalist Stanley Karnow, published by Random House. The book details the. A brilliant, coherent social and political overview spanning three turbulent centuries.”—San Francisco Chronicle Stanley Karnow.

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There is a huge gap between the rich and the poor, and at the same time there is a respect and hatred for Americans.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Aug 02, Ian Kemp added it. The lives and careers of Taft, Teddy Roosevelt, I grew up in the Philippines, but I feel like I learned more about Philippine history reading this book than I picked up in 12 years in the country. Congress willingly voted for Philippine independence admittedly at the instigation of US sugar and tobacco barons who feared Philippine competition in andPhilippine legislators, including the nominal hero of independence Manuel Quezon, secretly asked that the U.

Overall a pretty decent read, and perhaps an indispensable one if one is thinking of visiting the region. But the idea that the United States can remold other lands in its own image “proved in later years to be largely an exercise in self-deception.

In the early years, ilustrados, or rich intelligentsia, were vested in power. The War with Mexico by Justin H. Yet America seems to have forgotten the experiment.

And when denied, enthusiastically promote her children as suitable members of congress? This article about a non-fiction book on history of the Philippines is a stub.


akrnow Douglas MacArthur had a chance to do there what he later did in Japan by promoting liberal programs, including land reform and dismantling of monopolies. Nor were the Americans, with all their professions of righteousness, as racially tolerant as the French or the Dutch. So glad I read this history of the Philippines. Kn found this story in Stanley Karnow’s history of the Philippines.

Marcos and Ninoy family clans had plenty of overlapping business connections and interests. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines

Cover of the first edition. On the whole, it is a well-told but not encouraging tale. Sep 11, Nick Klagge rated it really liked it Shelves: The Hemingses of Monticello: This understanding can help policy makers, and those tasked with executing policy, to make better informed and and more effective decisions. Apr 21, Manjot Kaur rated it it was amazing. After the war – Fate of collaborators. Even worse are the depictions of Filipinos as practically begging for a continued U.

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I just wish there was an updated edition of the book since a lot had happened in U. Karnow shows how the US relationship has largely made the Philippines what it is today.

No Other Way Out: This was just after a brutal war in which U. Blood in the Water: Karnow, who worked for 30 years as a journalist in Asia, narrates the careers of several Unlike European countries who refused to teach most natives the colonizers’ language, Kaenow began an unprecedented effort to cover the island with English language primary schools.

But while the Filipinos proved adept at learning English and adopting American fashions, they retained their cultural roots, with basic loyalties to kith stanlfy kin, not people and nation. Philippines history, as it help build an over all better understanding of the people and politics of the the Philippines.


Karnow covered a good bit of pre-U. How did we perform? And as Europe’s 19th-century colonial influence lessened, America’s century took hold first through Teddy Roosevelt, then Douglas MacArthur, Japanese occupation, and finally Ronald Reagan’s reluctance i,age providing asylum for Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos as the People’s Revolution swept the country in the mid’s.

The book is disproportionately weighted to tell the story of those events. Mary Chesnut’s Civil War by C. Burrows and Mike Wallace. Bataan Death March — horrific. You could not be signed in. This understanding can help policy makers, and those tasked with executing pol I think the historical U.

Salamat po, for such an illuminating book about the engrossing history of the Philippine islands. If The Philippines is southeast asian, but with a decidedly American feel to it. In what other society can an ex-president Erap do jail time for plunder, then return to our TV screens as a sought-after celebrity, and, yes, karnoa touted as a jmage presendtial candidate?

And yet, as Iage Karnow shows in this engaging history, the Philippines represents the one place where Americans engaged in a classic colonial adventure, where we tried to govern tens of millions of foreign people for decades from to Between War and Stanoey And as Europe’s 19th-century colonial influence lessened, America’s century took hold first through Teddy Roosevelt As is usual with the late Stanley Karnow, he provides a sweeping, panoramic history of the country and its origins.