In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines

In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines

by Stanley Karnow

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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345328168
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/03/1990
Edition description: 1st Ballantine Books ed
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 261,196
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.07(d)

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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.

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By September 1986, after four years as secretary of state, George Shultz had grown accustomed to presiding over official dinners for foreign dignitaries visiting Washington: the rigorous protocol, the solemn oratory, the contrived cordiality. But he could not recall an occasion equal to this night. He was honoring Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, the new president of the Philippines, and a spontaneous charge of emotion electrified the affair. Americans and Filipinos had shared history, tragedy, triumph, ideals—experiences that had left them with a sense of kinship. Shultz captured that spirit exactly: A “Cory” doll pinned to his lapel, his Buddha-like face beamed and his nasal voice lilted with rare elation. Breaking with routine, he delivered his toast before the banquet—in effect telling the guests to relax and enjoy. “This,” he said, “is a family evening.”
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In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stanley Karnow's Vietnam is his most popular book, but to be honest it can't hold a candle to In Our Image. I read a great deal of history, and to me this is one of the most detailed yet entertaining and insightful history books on a specific subject ever written. I'm sure few people will get to reading this Pulitzer Prize winning novel, but if they do the effort will be well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish this is a required reading for Filipino high school students, together with Past Revisited 1 and 2 by Renato Constantino.
KanoDan More than 1 year ago
Finally moving to the Philippines after 30-day visits for the past 10 years, explanation for peculiar observations concerning government services (complete lack thereof, or extreme procrastination), ubiquitous corporate greed (no concept of "customer service"), and a general culture of disgruntled apathy pervading society, has been extremely elusive due to its complexity. On each trip over here I would ask myself (and those around me): Why is this country so backward? The answer is always, "Corruption everywhere", or "Its always been like this". One does not need a book to learn of the love/hate relationship with the US. Society here tries in vain to "look" like the US. That's the key: "look". They have no intention (or ability) of attempting to "be" like the US. It is all a sad mediocre charade. Even after all these decades of "independence" the Philippines remains without an identity. Why would I choose to live here? If you can shove this country's debilitating problems aside . . . It is truly paradise! "In Our Image" explains it all! And the explanation (that I've been looking for) truly is quite complicated. But it all makes perfect sense now. Karnow has put together a masterpiece. This book is a MUST for any "Kano" who has entered into a relationship (of any kind) with a Filipina(o). It was said by those around me that I have "openly embraced the culture and have strived to learn the Philippine ways". Baloney! I understood very little prior to reading "In Our Image". Too bad it ended with Cory. I would love to have read Karnow's take on on the continuing inept: from FVR to the present Noynoy.
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This is the number one book on the hows and the whys of America's relationship with the Philippines. I first bought this book in 1989, read it, and loaned it to a friend. I never got it back. After buying the NOOK Color, I downloaded the book. I'm revisited the entire chapter.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that Karnow really illustrated what was going on in the Philippines. Many people are clueless about the relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines. Great BOOK!!