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...