The Rape of Manila

"American General Douglas MacArthur, driven from the Philippines at the start of World War II, famously vowed to return. This is the untold story of his homecoming."

And so begins journalist James Scott's electrifying narration of the Battle of Manila in February 1945, which he describes as "an urban brawl" that pitted MacArthur's troops, determined to retake the city, against Japanese General Iwabuchi's forces, intent to die fighting. This story is a condensed version of Scott's newly published book, Rampage, which details the complex military operation that practically reduced the once genteel, beautiful city to rubble. A must-read for every Filipino, even the pictures are riveting.

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Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino