The Philippines: Smoke in Manila

Harry S. Stonehill resembles the kind of character that the late Sydney Greenstreet used to play in all the old Warner Bros, beaded-curtain thrillers. A blunt, beefy Chicagoan who changed his name from Steinberg in 1942 because "German names at that time weren't very popular," Stonehill built up a $50 million business empire in the Philippines. "Every man has his price," said Harry Stonehill, and in the Philippines after World War II he found that the going rate was fairly cheap; at one time he boasted: "I am the government."

Stonehill's activities...

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