The Moro War

How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913
Narrated by: Mark Ashby
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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As the global war on terror enters its second decade, the United States military is engaged with militant Islamic insurgents on multiple fronts. But the post-9/11 war against terrorists is not the first time the United States has battled such ferocious foes. The forgotten Moro War, lasting from 1902 to 1913 in the islands of the southern Philippines, was the first confrontation between American soldiers and their allies and a determined Muslim insurgency.

The Moro War prefigured American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than superficially: It was a bitter, drawn-out conflict in which American policy and aims were fiercely contested between advocates of punitive military measures and proponents of conciliation.

As in today's Middle East, American soldiers battled guerrillas in a foreign environment where the enemy knew the terrain and enjoyed local support. The deadliest challenge was distinguishing civilians from suicidal attackers. Moroland became a crucible of leadership for the U.S. Army, bringing the force that had fought the Civil War and the Plains Indian Wars into the twentieth century. The officer corps of the Moro campaign matured into the American generals of World War I. Chief among them was the future general John Pershing-who learned lessons in the island jungles that would guide his leadership in France.

Rich with relevance to today's news from the Middle East, and a gripping piece of storytelling, The Moro War is a must-read to understand a formative conflict too long overlooked and to anticipate the future of U.S. involvement overseas.

©2011 James R. Arnold (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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a little dry but good info

I would say I'm part of the anti imperialist.

the background is after the spanish american war, in the treaty of paris, spain gave america control of the philippines (apparently you can do that) so most of the philippines had already surrendered to spanish rule with the exception of some southern islands of the philippines and the inhabitants were mostly muslim.

now the muslim filipinos thiught why if spain ever had control of us would we let america, and america couldn't understand why someone wouldn't want a foreign nation to control them.

so the book goes over the major events of the war and the key players.

was it important that the insurgents as they call them, someone who rebels against the govt were muslim? not really, maybe to sell books but the muslims in the philippines may have had more resolve then the non muslims when 1st the spanish came and then america.

I couldn't help but make the parallel with the propaganda of today with the propaganda of this war.

the conclusion was better then most with lessons learned and greater impact of the war.

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EXCELLENT!

I'm biased, b/c i'm a history buff who also happens to have been raised as an American in the Philippines, born 1959 in Manila, father born in 20's in Iloilo. but this is a great story, great storyteller and great narrator (who handled filipino place names and names better than most other palefaces I've heard try). GREAT BOOK!

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Too much about the officers

The book was okay, but it is one of few on the topic. I wish that it concentrated more in the Moro people and less on the American military personnel. There are vast biographies of the many influential officers in the campaign. That is great, except it can be found in so many other areas for a Western audience. The thing that makes this subject unique is dealing with the unique culture of the Moros. There is not enough on the historical context of the ways of the Moros to better enhance their attitude. They only go briefly into the Spanish occupation and the religious context. The Narrator is pretty dry. He could've put more excitement in his voice during the battles. For example there was a part where a poem was that as sung to a popular tune and he just read it instead of trying to sing it.

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The Moro War

This history is very important to me as my grandfather served in this conflict. I have pictures of him while there but elderly family historians didn’t know much his service there. This book filled in many of the gaps and also helped me to understand the bigger historical picture. My grandfather also served with Pershing on the Mexican border and also in France where he was wounded by exposure to poison gas. He returned from France and raised 9 children many of whom also served in various branches of the military. Not bad for a Polish immigrant who came over at age 15 !

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interesting

It is interesting to learn about this time and place .. provides background to perhaps a better understanding of the present.

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American history you never learned about in school

Very interesting story about amazing people and a forgotten war. Great for American or Military history enthusiast.

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Execellent Book

Would you listen to The Moro War again? Why?

Yes, very helpful in understanding how to win a counter-insurgency fight.

Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone with a career or interest in war-fighting.

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