Corazon Aquino's dramatic emergence in the Philippines in 1986 captured the imagination of the world and focused attention on what was for decades America's only major colonial possession. This book portrays America's 19th- and 20th-century empire builders and examines the consequences of their presence in the Philippines. Rule of the Philippines made America the great Pacific power that plunged it into World War II. Today, the legacy of this colonial relationship continues to affect vital US interests in the Pacific and shape America's role there. Stanley Karnow also wrote "Vietnam: A History 1983" and "Mao and China: From Revolution to Revolution".