ROMULO: VOICE OF FREEDOM by Cornelia Spencer


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Following her interest in Romulo and the Philippines which has already given us Seven Thousand Islands for young people, and her concern for freedom which has produced such biographies as those of Nehru, Truman, and the Soong sisters, this is a smooth, readable little biography of the great leader. She follows Romulo from his childhood after Dewey took over Manila and when he was taught to hate Americans, to his studies at Columbia, his growing sense of his own part in winning the independence of his country and simultaneously retaining loyalty to and friendship with the United States, and his expression of that belief in his war duty at Corregidor, Bataan, and in America. As the Voice of Freedom he worked with General MacArthur, a close friend, and at the close of the war he spoke for aid in rebuilding the Philippines so that the freedom of 1946 would not be an empty taunt. His career reached a new peak when he was overwhelmingly elected president of the fourth session of the U. N. General Assembly. Good popular reading, sincere but a bit simple, skirting sentimentality.

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1952
Publisher: John Day