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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Want to Read saving…. I read this before a trip to the Philippines and it really helped me understand the historical context of the country. That was never emphasized in school when I was young. Russia Leaves the War: While using the Philippines as its focus, the book staley the reader through turn of the 20th century US foreign politics, which could perhaps best be described as fumbling towards a semi-benevolent American empire.

Twice, when the U. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Admiral Dewey smashed the Spanish fleet off the Philippines, and U. Unfinished Business by Stephen Bonsal America’s Empire in the Karnoww by Stanley Karnow. Five hundred years in the convent, and fifty years in Ho A fascinating and very readable history of the Philippines – not a complete history but a history of that country through the prism of its relations with the USA iarnow from Magellan to Cory Aquino.

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Nov 02, Ashley rated it liked it Shelves: Although it is decades old, it is a excellent read to help understand the Philippines from an American lens and vice versa. What Hath God Wrought: Quietly helps Kur prepare to campaign. But I soon realised that Stanley Karnow’s sarcasm wasn’t focused on any race but was spread democratically between people from different time periods and origins. Books by Stanley Karnow.


While we had promised to give Cubans their freedom, we had said nothing about this distant archipelago, which President WIlliam McKinley, when he appointed his first ambassador there, couldn’t find on a map.

There were some new information in the book that I did not know – most of the history about the Spanish-American War and the role Teddy Roosevelt played.

Unlike European countries who refused to teach most natives the colonizers’ language, America began an unprecedented effort to cover the island with English language kranow schools.

He is probably best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War. Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer Slavery and War in Virginia, by Alan Taylor The story he tells is interesting and you can see how this nation actually developed, but the problem, as with most history books, is that there are too many characters and too much going on. A Sad Excuse for an Empire: Blood in the Water: I hope to one day read a book covering a similar timeframe during Philippine history but from the perspective of a Filipino.

In Our Image

America in the King Years — by Taylor Branch. Sobering and not particularly optimistic in its conclusions, it is a fascinating book to digest now, karnlw 30 years after its publication. But while the Filipinos proved adept at learning English and adopting American fashions, they retained their cultural roots, with basic loyalties to kith and kin, not people and nation.

That said, it is definitely not just a book for people interested in Philippine history. This impressive work by Karnow presents the history of the Philippines as the history of underdevelopment. At the same time, the first half of the book, formerly prologue, has now karrnow on a possible new significance as a distant mirror of the current troubles of the USA’s occupying armies in the Middle East.


It ignored the fact that the North Vietnamese received extremely extensive supplies from both Russia and China throughout their war with the USA and the South, as well as the benefit ofChinese troops that wer This is a very good book on the subject covered. The author, who was a correspondent based in Asia for several publications, makes it clear that theft, chicanery, and self-interest have plagued Filipinos for a very long time.

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 inexaming how we have sought to remake the Philippines ‘in our image, ‘ an experiment marked from the outset by blundering, ignorance, and mutual misunderstanding.

I really enjoyed it a lot. The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter History of A Journalist”. To view it, click here. White and Jean Schneider. From uor the book. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. Mar 16, Brian rated it it was amazing. Huks outmaneuvered politically in parliament, leads to Huks uprising I ended ikage enjoying the book a lot. The author has spent decades covering the country as a journalist, and includes really interesting insight and anecdotes from his time there. Stanley Karnow died of congestive heart failure at the age of The book lags when it deals with the long pre-American Spanish empire, and when it goes into the imagee twists and turns of Philippine politics post, stabley on the whole it offers a vivid reminder of one of the U.