The Fateful Years, Japan's Adventure in the Philippines, 1941-1945 by Teodoro A. Agoncillo
Basing his account of the war years mostly on the primary sources and on his personal observation and experience, Mr. Agoncillo portrays in vivid narrative the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, the passion and cavalry of the USAFFE, and the tragic life of Camp O'Donnell. Although narrating and describing the events from the Filipino viewpoint, he nevertheless tries to understand the other-side and gives credit where it is due.
Volume One of the study delineates the rise of Japan to a great power, from the war with China in 1894 to the so-called China incident in 1937; the diplomatic maneuvers that failed to prevent Pearl Harbor; the debacle at Bataan and the reduction of Corregidor; the Japanese attempts to fashion a Filipino government responsive to their needs; the Japanese impositions, severity, and unfriendly conduct toward the Filipinos; the educational and religious re-orientation of the Filipinos under Japanese auspices; the birth of the Republic with Japanese samurai swords over its head; and Filipino responses to Japanese acts and ideological propaganda.
ARTWORK BY MALANG
Published by R. P. Garcia, Quezon City, Philippines, 1965 HARD COVER WITH DUST JACKET