The Diplomat-Scholar: A Biography of Leon Ma. Guerrero

Review

Angelis Prattas, Book Authority, 2018. 


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Severo C. Madrona Jr., Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, Vol.66:1, pp. 119-122, 2018.

"The book is organized in five parts, with a total of twenty-five chapters. Each chapter describes an episode in Guerrero's life, starting from his bourgeois lineage and Jesuit education at the Ateneo de Manila to his career as a literary critic, playwright actor, journalist, government lawyer, and ultimately a pioneering Filipino diplomat.

What is commendable about The Diplomat-Scholar is the meticulous utilization of sources. There is no doubt that Fernandez's employment of Guerrero's speeches and interviews allows him to reecho the diplomat-scholar's voice as Guerrero pursued his advocacy for close relations with socialist countries, diplomacy of development, the reexamination of Philippine-US relations, and defense of martial law in the international community. The narrative is engaging in that it invites readers to do further research to satisfy their thirst for more information. 

Fernandez succeeds in some ways in situating Guerrero's story in the intersections of family, literary, diplomatic, and transnational history of the postwar Philippines. Fernandez gives us a glimpse of how Guerrero's nationalist and realist approach might have contributed to the Philippine's quest for identity in the community of nations. Through a meticulous analysis of the diplomat-scholar's speeches and dispatches, Fernandez secures Guerrero's place in Philippine diplomatic history."

About the Publication

Leon Ma. Guerrero (1915–82), a top-notch writer and diplomat, served six Philippine presidents, beginning with President Manuel L. Quezon and ending with President Ferdinand E. Marcos. In this first full-length biography, Guerrero's varied career as writer and diplomat is highlighted from an amateur student editor and associate editor of a prestigious magazine to ambassador to different countries that reflected then the exciting directions of Philippine foreign policy. But did you know that he served as public prosecutor in the notorious Nalundasan murder case, involving the future Philippine president? Did you also know that during his stint as ambassador to the Court of Saint James he wrote his prize-winning biography of Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal? Learn more about him in this fully documented biography recounting with much detail from his correspondence the genesis and evolution of his thinking about the First Filipino, which is the apposite title of his magnum opus.

Contents

PDF e-book files for this publication are available as detailed below.

The Diplomat-Scholar: A Biography of Leon Ma. Guerrero [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-47-6243-4], by Erwin S Fernandez, author 37.00 USD
Preliminary pages with Prologue and Chronology Download
PART I: ERMITA AND SANTA CRUZ TO INTRAMUROS: BETWEEN LITERARY AND LEGAL CAREER
1. Bourgeois Ermita: Birth and Boyhood 5.00 USD
2. Education under American Jesuits 5.00 USD
3. The Humorist as Critic, Writer and Actor 5.00 USD
4. Juggling Law and Journalism on the Eve of War 5.00 USD
PART II: TO TOKYO AND BACK: THE MAKING OF A DIPLOMAT
5. The Assistant Solicitor 5.00 USD
6. From Intelligence Officer in Bataan to the Return of Ignacio Javier 5.00 USD
7. Second, then First Secretary 5.00 USD
8. At the Home Office: The Diplomat as Historian 5.00 USD
PART III: GOING IN, THEN OUT OF THE POLITICAL JUNGLE: PADRE BURGOS TO ARLEGUI
9. The Legal Counsel, Professor and Translator 5.00 USD
10. The Foreign Policy Critic and Spokesman 5.00 USD
11. "Asia for the Asians" or How to Leave Arlegui in Six Months 5.00 USD
PART IV: LONDON AND MADRID: THE PHILIPPINES IN A RESURGENT ASIA
12. At the Court of Saint James 5.00 USD
13. A Verbal Tussle in the UN 5.00 USD
14. The Biographer 5.00 USD
15. At Franco Country 5.00 USD
16. In Search of the Burgos Trial Records 5.00 USD
17. Home Leave in Preparation for a State Visit 5.00 USD
PART V: NEW DELHI TO BELGRADE: THE PHILIPPINES TOWARDS NON-ALIGNMENT
18. Homecoming to Asia at Nehruvian India 5.00 USD
19. Diplomacy of Development and Other Speeches 5.00 USD
20. The Foreign Policy Rescuer and Again, Critic 5.00 USD
21. The Diplomat as Efficient Intellectual-Bureaucrat 5.00 USD
22. Endorsing Non-alignment amid Personal Crisis. 5.00 USD
23. Flirting with Dictators 5.00 USD
24. Martial Law Propagandist 5.00 USD
25. At Tito's Pre-Balkanized Yugoslavia 5.00 USD
Epilogue 5.00 USD
Glossary Download
List of Abbreviations Download
Bibliography Download
Index Download
About the Author Download
Photo section Download

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