Honor in the Dust is an eye opener. I lived in Oyster Bay for 40 years and I never heard about the events mentioned in the book. All I heard was TR’s role with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Honor in the Dust changed the history. This is an unknown and hidden part of Philippine history and I am appalled at the atrocities of the U.S. soldiers stationed in the Philippines under Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency and the way it was ignored and covered up for fear of political fallout. After reading this book, I look at Theodore Roosevelt in a different light.
The events in Samar, the resettlement camp in Batangas, the “water cure” are things generations of Filipinos should know about and be a lesson not to be repeated. Tyranny is the worst thing a country cannot and should not endure. Filipinos are freedom loving people. I can say that wholeheartedly about the people of Batangas where I came from. They are known for their bravery but they are the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth. They will share you everything they have – their food, even their shirt if you need it.
By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May).