Books: Children of A Lesser God

IN OUR IMAGE: AMERICA'S EMPIRE IN THE PHILIPPINES by Stanley Karnow

Random House; 494 pages; $24.95

IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: THE MARCOSES, THE AQUINOS, AND THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION by Sandra Burton; Warner; 483 pages; $24.95

In 1901 Filipino guerrillas massacred a company of American soldiers, slicing open the corpses and filling them with molasses and jam to attract ants. In retaliation, one U.S. general ordered his men to turn the island of Samar into "a howling wilderness." Samar has never recovered. Forty-one years later, Filipinos were risking savage Japanese reprisals to feed American prisoners of war marching in the notorious Bataan Death March....

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