“Three Centuries in a Catholic Convent and Fifty Years in Hollywood”: A Journalist’s History of the American Colonial Period in the Philippines

Book Review Karnow, Stanley. In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines. New York: Random House, Inc., 1989.



Neocolonialism, US-Philippines Special Relationship, American Colonial Period, Offensive Realism


Stanley Karnow’s In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines thoroughly examined (a) the colonialist rule of the United States in the Philippines, (b) their achievements and blunders in the colony, and (c) their postwar neocolonial influence on the country. Moreover, a product of 4 years’ research and frequent visits to the Philippines and the United States, Karnow’s monograph discusses America’s acquisition of the Philippines since 1898, the United States-Philippines “special relationship,” and American efforts in remaking the colony according to their image, values, and government. His book is, primarily, a journalist’s history in which he attempted to write that story while avoiding the errors of presentism. This review further traces (a) his assessment of the American colonial period in the Philippines, (b) his work’s contribution in Philippine historiography, and (c) the application of John Mearsheimer’s Theory of Offensive Realism to his underlying thesis.

Author Biography

John Jethro L. Manangan, Philippine Army

John Jethro L. Manangan is a graduate student taking up Master of Arts (MA) major in History at the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School and currently working as a Research Analyst in the Strategic and Special Studies Branch (SSSB) in the Philippine Army’s Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans (G5). He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts (AB) major in History at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Santo Tomas in 2019 and served as the Chief-of-Staff of the UST History Society's 5th Executive Board. His research interests are Military History, Intelligence History, Islamic History, and Strategic Studies.




How to Cite

Manangan, J. J. “ 1989”. TALA: An Online Journal of History, vol. 3, no. 2, Dec. 2020, http://talakasaysayan.org/index.php/talakasaysayan/article/view/46.