Illusions of Influence
The Political Economy of United States-Philippines Relations, 1942-1960
Published by: Stanford University Press
280 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780804722803
- Published: July 1994
This book uses Philippine sources released since the 1986 revolution and recently declassified U.S. records to reveal a complex structure that allowed both nations to attain their most cherished goals while sacrificing interests of lesser importance. The author rejects the myth that U.S. policy supported economic exploitation, finding instead that American business interests were docile bystanders sacrificed to U.S. strategic imperatives.
"An insightful and perceptive examination. . . . For someone like myself who actually lived and worked in the Philippines during some of the years covered, one is profoundly impressed by the way this book brings that era in U.S.-Philippines relations to life and interprets it with stunning acuity." ~Grant K. Goodman, International History Review