Books: The Boy from Baler

THE GOOD FIGHT (336 pp.)—Manuel Luis Quezon—Applefon-Century ($4).

Riding about the pitiful ruins and damp, weedy shambles of recaptured Manila, G.I. jeep drivers used to refer to the Kweezon Bridge, Kweezon Boulevard, etc. However they mangled the name, sharp, dapper, bantam-sized Manuel Luis Quezon, (rhymes with stays on), late President of the Commonwealth, left his mark on the Philippines.

When he died (of tuberculosis) at Saranac Lake, N.Y., in August 1944, he was to U.S. eyes the First Filipino in more senses than one. Among his countrymen he had critics who deplored his dictatorial ways, but to thousands of other Filipinos he ranked...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!