New York: New American Library, 2013. First New American Library Trade Paperback Printing [stated]. Trade paperback. xvi, 430,  pages. Illustrations. A Note on the Sources. Bibliography. Notes. Index. Gregg Jones (born 1959) is an American journalist and the author of three critically acclaimed non-fiction books. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and was selected as a 2015-2016 Kluge Fellow by the Black Mountain Institute at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. In Honor in the Dust, Jones examined the largely forgotten Philippine-American War and the war crimes scandal that marred the first year of Theodore Roosevelt's presidency. Writing in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, author Candice Millard observed, "What is striking about Gregg Jones’s fascinating new book, is not how much war has changed in more than a century, but how little. This is the story of what happened when a powerful young country ...were forced to face the high cost of their ambitions." Derived from a Kirkus review: A journalist provides a balanced look at America’s bloody effort to annex the Philippines in the early 20th century. Jones gives both sides to the issues and their adherents—though he begins with a graphic description of American soldiers administering water torture to a Filipino captive. Jones swiftly summarizes the war with Spain that gave birth to the events in the Philippines, paying careful attention to rising star Theodore Roosevelt and his exploits with the Rough Riders. Once Spain agreed to surrender their sway in the Philippines, the Americans snatched the chance for expansion. President Roosevelt was no ditherer. The Filipinos, initially grateful, quickly realized that they were not going to retain sovereignty, and an insurgency swelled. Soon thousands of American military personnel flooded the islands, and the action turned brutal, sanguinary and punitive. Jones describes how Republicans and Democrats fought to control the public perception. One major result was the elevated status of the Marines, whose days had seemed numbered beforehand. Condition: Very good.
Keywords: Theodore Roosevelt, Philippines Insurrection, Aguinaldo, Anti-Imperialism, Adna Chafee, Frederick Funston, Edwin Glenn, Guerrilla Warfare, George Hoar, Arthur MacArthur, William McKinley, Henry Cabot Lodge, Philippine-American War, Elwell Otis, Elihu