JUAN OF MANILA by Mario McSwigan
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Marie McSwigan wrote a book on the Norwegian resistance called Snow Treasure (Dutton-'42). Now comes this equally good story of the Philippine underground movement, in the compact, fresh story of Juan and his brother and the ""ham"" broadcasting they did- broadcasting that heartened Manila and the surrounding country during the ordeal of the Japanese occupation. The bare fact of a boy who called himself Juan de la Cruz and who did broadcast resistance is the core of a story otherwise fictional. The author has created a typical Filipino family, and told a story that is credible, dramatic yet simple, with accurate details of the swift jungle telegraph which the natives used (native runners etc.) Humble details of daily life make this of value aside from the phases connected with the war. Boy scouts and radio fans will like it, especially.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1947
Publisher: Dutton