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Children of the Sun-Subic Bay: How volunteers saved Subic Bay from Mount Pinatubo eruption, transformed the former Navy Base Paperback – July 1, 2009

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448629225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448629220
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,806,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great read, on many levels. A thoroughly well-researched book, which "captures the moment" during a critical period in Philippine history, and in it's foreign relations with the United States, as well as it's ability to move forward off of disaster, both on a personal and national level.

The author wraps this historical account of events around one central figure, (now Senator) Richard Gordon, primarily in his role as Mayor of the city of Olongapo. This was a wise approach, because he truly is and was the leader in Olongapo's ability to weather the political turmoil, movement to full sovereignty, the assasination of his father, the disaster of Mt. Pinatubo, the departure of U.S. Forces, the relative neglect/inability of the national government to assist the city (much less the Province of Zambales) during disaster recovery operations, and the eventual movement of Subic Bay to an international hub for commerce.

The book is high-drama in many areas -- and the best part of this, is that it was all true. The stakes were high when U.S. Forces left Olongapo behind -- there was literally NOTHING left in the way of income/commerce - the former base was now an empty shell-- all that existed was a plan by the mayor to hold the former Naval Base through the protection and custody provided by Olongapenos, with the promise/commitment that "help was on the way"...I find this part of the book perhaps the most fascinating, because it showed how Richard Gordon, as a big-city mayor, had to literally resort to the personal, private leadership that is usually more associated with a Barangay Captain -- or in the military -- small unit leadership -- to effect profound change at a strategic level..
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This book, although interesting, cannot be taken as a serious book for a number of reasons, the most important of which are: (1) There are NO citations in text, despite having a bibliography - whose order makes no sense (the author notes it's in chronological order but a glance at the pages would refute that)and citations that have no guidelines; and (2) Self-plagiarism - the first chapter alone is almost (if not entirely) word for word a chapter in his previously published book on Subic Bay (also 2009 but published in Jan) that he doesn't even cite; though that one didn't include a reference list much less in text citations.

This book is an important contribution - documenting an important event in history, but please buy and read it more as a folk history rather than as a scholarly book.
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