?Celoza, skillfully uses a wide range of sources, Western and Asian, to document the authoritarianism of Ferdinand Marcos, president of the Philippines from 1966 to 1986. A Filipino himself, the author furnishes information from Philippine sources rarely seen even by Asian specialists in the US in the normal course of their work....a useful supplement to the sometimes bulky, sensationalized volumes that have concentrated on this former Filipino dictator's celebrated social life and spendthrift ways. Excellent bibliography. Suitable for all levels interested in Philippine politics.?-Choice
This work is a case study of the tumultuous rule of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines from 1972 to 1986, examining the levers of power available to absolute rulers and the development of a political economy of authoritarianism.