Despite some hype, this is a solid, thoughtful look at a stellar political career. ""She took power in the midst of a people's revolution that shed flower petals rather than blood."" One hundred and fifty-six people were killed on election day, but let us not quibble: the Philippines is a violent place, as Haskins shows, and Aquino has tried with some success to substitute negotiation for armed confrontation. Benigno Aquino is presented as a brilliant but sometimes opportunistic statesman (not unlike Marcos) who deliberately kept Corazon in his shadow. When she was propelled into the public eye after his assassination, she proved to be a capable politician, as the author's clear, well-organized description of her campaign, the major issues, and her actions in office reveals. This carries the story up to the constitutional referendum of February 1987 and is illustrated with photos (not seen).