In 1986 the overthrow of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos by Cory Aquino's 'People Power' revolution focused global attention on the Philippines. Western media took their lead from the US, and the untrammelled denigration of the fleeing dictator and his wife served to tarnish the Philippines more generally. James Hamilton-Paterson, who knew the Philippines well having lived there for some years, resolved in America's Boy (1998) to examine the Marcoses more closely - not to exonerate them but, rather, to explain the political and social roots of their regime, sustained for so long by support from Washington. "The ultimate book about the national character of the Philippines ...both a history and a psychoanalysis of a whole people, a socio-political tour de force". (Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, Malaya). "Every page displays Hamilton-Paterson's mastery of his material ...required reading for anyone interested in the enduring impact of US policy in the Philippines". (Publishers Weekly).