In this Book

Fighting from a Distance
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In this book, Jose V. Fuentecilla describes how Filipino exiles and immigrants in the United States played a crucial role in the grassroots revolution that overthrew the fourteen-year dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines in 1986. A member of one of the major U.S.-based anti-Marcos movements, Fuentecilla tells the story of how small groups of Filipino exiles--short on resources and shunned by some of their compatriots--overcame fear, apathy, and personal differences to form opposition organizations after Marcos' imposition of martial law and learned to lobby the U.S. government during the Cold War. The first full-length book to detail the history of U.S.-based opposition to the Marcos regime, Fighting From a Distance provides valuable lessons on how to persevere in fighting a well-entrenched opponent.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Chapter 1. The First Exiles: Escaping from the Homeland
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 2. Rough Landings: Surviving the First Years
  2. pp. 9-13
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  1. Chapter 3. Into the Land of the Fearful: Dread and Apathy
  2. pp. 14-20
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  1. Chapter 4. The Big Divide: Differences Hindering Unity
  2. pp. 21-26
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  1. Chapter 5. Martial Law and Beyond: How the Dictator Usurped Power
  2. pp. 27-31
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  1. Chapter 6. Early Organizing: Conflicting Opposition Groups
  2. pp. 32-43
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  1. Chapter 7. Learning How to Lobby: How the United States Fought the Exiles
  2. pp. 44-53
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  1. Chapter 8. Down with Rhetoric! Turning to Radical Means
  2. pp. 54-65
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  1. Chapter 9. The War of Words: Winning Hearts and Minds
  2. pp. 66-74
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  1. Chapter 10. Reviving the Opposition: Arrival of an Exile Hero
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. Chapter 11. Reviewing the Decade: Adding Up the Losses and Wins
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. Chapter 12. “It’s Not All Greek to Me”: Bringing the Fight to the Homeland
  2. pp. 91-100
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  1. Chapter 13. A Man for Many Seasons: The Leader Who Led the Movement
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 132-137
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. Appendix A: Movement for a Free Philippines Chapters and Chairpersons
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. Appendix B: Report on a Successful Demonstration
  2. pp. 147-149
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  1. Appendix C: Chronology of Events
  2. pp. 150-154
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Production Note
  2. pp. 182-185
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