America's Boy

A Century of United States Colonialism in the Philippines

James Hamilton-Paterson

A John Macrae Book

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A narrative history of the U.S.-supported dictatorship that came to define the Philippines.

Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos presented themselves as the reincarnation of a primal couple from Filipino mythology. Ferdinand reinvented himself as a matchless fighter against the Japanese, and Time magazine hailed him as a hero. He was the strongman, the dictator, welcomed at the White House by Lyndon B. Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and the C.I.A..-America's Boy. For twenty-one years he and Imelda dominated the Philippines. In the , a "democratic revolution" replaced them with Corazon Aquino, who, in turn, was followed by Fidel Ramos, Imelda's cousin. Nothing changed: the world applauded, the shadow play went on.

James Hamilton-Paterson has gathered astonishing information from senators, cronies, rivals, and Marcos family members, including Imelda. Covering the entire one-hundred-year history of U. S. involvement in the Philippines, he offers a devastating vision of the price Filipinos paid for dictatorship. Perhaps no other couple is as emblematic of American Imperialism as the Marcoses; America's Boy is their story. Passionate, deeply researched, and haunting, it is "a riveting read" (The Guardian [London]) by one of the language's best stylists.

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James Hamilton-Paterson

James Hamilton-Paterson is the critically acclaimed author of sixteen books, including the Whitbread Award-winning Gerontius. Writer of both fiction and history, he has lived half of each year in the Philippines for almost twenty years. The author has been profiled in Vanity Fair and other magazines.

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America's Boy
A Century of United States Colonialism in the Philippines
James Hamilton-Paterson

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
September 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805061185
ISBN10: 0805061185
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 496 pages
$30.00
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