Brown’s conflicted character adds to the drama of the narrative: he was a member of the Corps of Engineers and also a wealthy man attempting to hide his identity among enlisted soldiers. Brown’s narrative is magnetic, intoxicating the reader with imagery of turn-of-the-century Philippines and its “decaying European architecture and decadent Spanish culture.” Editor Joseph P. McCallus adds his own research to annotate Brown’s journal entries, producing a unique account of the war.
McCallus addresses the controversy of the U.S. annexation of the Philippines, the development of the country as an American colony, the Philippine–American War, and the influence of the United States in today’s Philippines. The quality of the narrative, enhanced by McCallus’s thoughtful insights, will appeal to those interested in travel stories, military history, and Asia and the Philippines.
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