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This review is from: A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 (Hardcover)
Good news: This is a very readable book. Combine that with its short length, and you have a very quick read. The lack of readable maps (there are 2 unreadable maps) is problem, but not a big one; the book doesn't focus on military campaigns to the exclusion of everything else.
The book has a laser focus. It's about the Philippine-American War, and very little else. There's very little discussion about other events in the rest of the world. Still, there's significant discussion about how the war was perceived at home.
FYI: There's no extension discussion about parallels with other US wars (i.e., Vietnam and Iraq). In fact, to the extent Vietnam is mentioned, it's to decry the fact that the histories of Philippine-American War are too often written to demonstrate the inevitability of failure in Vietnam. The author rightly points out that such efforts have obscured the unique (and rich) history of the Philippine-American War.