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, examing 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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The United States had its first experience with people who didn't appreciate being liberated when they took the Philippines from Spain and then faced a native revolt.