In Our Image

In Our Image

America's Empire in the Philippines

Book - 1990 | 1st Ballantine Books ed.
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Random House, Inc.
“A brilliant, coherent social and political overview spanning three turbulent centuries.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Stanley Karnow won the Pulitzer Prize for this account of America’s imperial experience in the Philippines. In a swiftly paced, brilliantly vivid narrative, Karnow focuses on the relationship that has existed between the two nations since the United States acquired the country from Spain in 1898, examining how we have sought to remake the Philippines “in our image,” an experiment marked from the outset by blundering, ignorance, and mutual misunderstanding.
“Stanley Karnow has written the ultimate book—brilliant, panoramic, engrossing—about American behavior overseas in the twentieth century.”The Boston Sunday Globe
“A page-turning story and authoritative history.”The New York Times
“Perhaps the best journalist writing on Asian affairs.”Newsweek

Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of the Philippines, discusses the influence of Spain and the United States, and looks at the problems facing the Philippines today

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1990, c198.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed.
ISBN: 9780345328168
Branch Call Number: 959.903 Karnow
Characteristics: 494 p., [26] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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May 01, 2019

Having worked extensively in the Phils, with many close Filipino friends, I'm super-impressed by the depth of Karnow's reporting, and the brilliance of his insights. The Philippines was a U.S. colony for half a century, and heavily under U.S. influence for another half. Expatriate Filipinos have contributed measurably to North America. This complex island nation is our window to east Asia, which will dominate the global economy into the foreseeable future. So reading this book will help you to be a more effective citizen; and if you intend to actively participate in the world economy, In Our Image can serve as a guide to help you to work within other cultures, beginning with this remarkable country.


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