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This year begins the centennial of the Philippine War, one of the most controversial and poorly understood events in American history. The war thrust the U.S. into the center of Pacific and Asian politics, with important and sometimes tragic consequences. It kept the Filipinos under colonial overlordship for another five decades and subjected them to American political, cuThis year begins the centennial of the Philippine War, one of the most controversial and poorly understood events in American history. The war thrust the U.S. into the center of Pacific and Asian politics, with important and sometimes tragic consequences. It kept the Filipinos under colonial overlordship for another five decades and subjected them to American political, cultural, and economic domination.In the first comprehensive study in over six decades, Linn provides a definitive treatment of military operations in the Philippines. From the pitched battles of the early war to the final campaigns against guerrillas, Linn traces the entire course of the conflict. More than an overview of Filipino resistance and American pacification, this is a detailed study of the fighting in the "boondocks."In addition to presenting a detailed military history of the war, Linn challenges previous interpretations. Rather than being a clash of armies or societies, the war was a series of regional struggles that differed greatly from island to island. By shifting away from the narrow focus on one or two provinces to encompass the entire archipelago, Linn offers a more thorough understanding of the entire war.Linn also dispels many of the misunderstandings and historical inaccuracies surrounding the Philippine War. He repudiates the commonly held view of American soldiers "civilizing with a Krag" and clarifies such controversial incidents as the Balangiga Massacre and the Waller Affair.Exhaustively researched and engagingly written, The Philippine War will become the standard reference on America's forgotten conflict and a major contribution to the study of guerrilla warfare....

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ISBN : 9780700612253
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Number of Pages : 442 Pages
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The Philippine War, 1899-1902 Reviews

  • Al
    2019-07-04 00:10

    This was an outstanding book, and probably the most definitive military account of the war. Linn effectively explains the transition from conventional operations to counter-insurgency (COIN) operations. Additionally, Linn clearly articulates how this struggle had regional distinctives from island to island. We used this work in one of the Army schools I recently completed. There are quite a number of lessons learned which could and should be applied to the current COIN battle in Afghanistan. However, we don’t seem to be paying attention. An effective COIN strategy takes years to implement and reflects sober political and military objectives. There is absolutely no evidence of long term planning and consideration with this current Administration. We are embedded in a culture whose men would rather shave the backs of their legs with a cheese grater than have us in their villages. Anyway. It was a good book.

  • Jonathan
    2019-07-02 00:57

    Few Americans remember the Philippine Insurrection of 1899-1902, and even fewer have enough real knowledge about this conflict to comment on it intelligently. These gaps can be remedied by reading Professor Linn's fine account of this now forgotten war, in which the USA successfully combined tactically sophisticated combat, occasionally brutal anti-insurgency policies and the raising of the Filipinos' standard of living to defeat the rebellion against American rule of those islands. Linn is unswervingly objective in his take on how both sides fought this controversial war and on the performance of its various commanders, on both sides. This was how the USA "took up the white man's burden."

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-06-30 23:58

    The operations in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War are often overshadowed by the action in Cuba. This work discusses military action and the politics of the war in the Philippines beyond Admiral Dewey and Manila Harbor. A good read for a more balanced view of that war.

  • Jim
    2019-07-02 01:10

    This book seemed promising on one level, but came up short on another."The Philippine War" should be considered, in the good way, a major revisionist work that analyzes, critiques and corrects faulty history of the US's war against Philippine independence movement after the Spanish American War. As a military work, it is an excellent, detailed account of conventional military action. Battles, skirmishes, tables or organizations and tactics are well described, and add to our understanding of the state of US armed forces at the time. Contemporary news reports and popular accounts are accounted for and corrected through detailed study and primary sources. Linn correctly describes the rather nebulous nature of "Philippine" national identity and the internal political divisions that preceded the US's arrival. He also discusses, too brief in my opinion, the US domestic scene and debate of the US's potential imperial role.Nevertheless, Linn fails to consider the full context of the Philippine War. This is a highly detailed conventional military account, but much of the effects of the war are completely ignored. I didn't expect him to delve into the social effects of the war, but he is quick to dismiss the irregular warfare that went on, to consider it simply part of the culture of the time and then cast aside. Towards the end of the book he points to a big gaping hole by explaining, "The campaign in the Department of Southern Luzon, which began so promisingly with the invasion of January 1900, ended in appalling devastation and controversy seventeen months later." That elision negates this from getting 5 stars.

  • Scott Martin
    2019-07-04 22:00

    A solid military history work, but one that is not too technical or jargon-laden, so anyone could pick it up and read it through. It talks about one of our longer, but currently, less-discussed, counter-insurgency campaigns in the Philippines. After the US claimed the Philippines from Spain in the 1890s, the US looked to establish control over the islands. However, Philippine leadership did not share that vision, and from there, conflict emerged. Some of the problems in US equipment, leadership and personnel could easily apply to today's counterterrorism wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, even with these challenges, the US did manage to subdue the insurgency and turn the Philippines into a stable territory for US interests for the 1st half of the 20th century. It helped that even with the US failings, the insurgents and their leaders were also flawed, and ultimately, their errors proved more costly than the Americans. I would recommend this book for those in the military or into military history, especially for those studies dealing with counter-insurgencies and planning for those operations.

  • Gerry Connolly
    2019-07-06 19:03

    In the Philippine War Brian McAllister Linn portrays a more complex history of America's anti-guerilla tactics in 1899-1902. The policy swung between "benevolent assimilation" and severe "chastisement". A brutal conflict that tarnished the US army but subjugated the islands

  • Matt Ely
    2019-07-12 00:07

    Mostly an academic text with the overtly stated purpose to correct the myths (that we apparently all hold dear?) about America's initial invasion and colonization(?) of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. Linn does a great job about not choosing sides and giving credit where credit is due on both sides, but it's primarily told from the American perspective. Again, no fault of his, that has as much to do with availability of usable resources as anything. I did like the detail and the insight into what worked in the war, what didn't, and why. A lot of the significance, however, has to be done by the reader. Linn doesn't want to tell you why the subject *matters*, at least not beyond its significance in the academic dialogue. In fact, it's not until the last sentence of the last paragraph that he makes an oblique reference to the lessons learned being applicable in the modern day. In addition, the book offers no reference to which accomplishments and missteps of the war had a lasting effect in Philippine society. I assume that he didn't want to give it short shrift and wanted to stay within the timeline set forth in the book's title, but the fact that he makes no reference to the country existing beyond 1902 comes across as strange. The book doesn't conclude so much as it Just Ends. A justifiable choice, to be sure, but one I found kind of frustrating.

  • Karen
    2019-07-19 23:59

    Extremely well researched, I couldn't get into all the war tactics, but the political and cultural aspects very interesting.

  • Frank Scala
    2019-07-06 21:00

    I great unbiased book that will help change the way people think about this war