Jose Rizal (book)

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Jose Rizal: Life, Works and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and National Hero (book cover)

Jose Rizal: Life, Works and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and National Hero is a book written by Gregorio F. Zaide and Sonia M. Zaide. It was published by All-Nations Publishing Co., Inc. in 1999.


About the book

This best-selling biography of Dr. Jose Rizal - the National Hero of the Philippines - has been used by several generations of Filipinos in schools and colleges. It is not updated with certain interesting features like: "Who made Rizal the National Hero, and why?" This book tells why Rizal became a hero for everyone - his family, the Spaniards, the Americans and of course, the Filipinos. The Philippines is unique in having a national hero who is not a militarist or a rebel. Rizal was an "ilustrado", a product of the Enlightenment, who dreamed of reforms for his native people. He wielded the pen as mightily as a sword, and his ideas, which are found in his novels, essays, letters and poems, eventually caused his political martyrdom. Rizal is now acknowledged as the greatest man of the Malay race, the apostle of nationalism in Asia, and, of course, the national hero of the Philippines.

Highly readable and well-researched, this book has become a classic reference and textbook on Rizal since 1961. It is now issued in a special hardbound edition for the Philippine Centennial of Nationhood. One of the national best-selling books in the Philippines, this biography was written by the unique father and daughter team of Gregorio and Sonia Zaide.

A classic biography of the Philippines' National Hero, this book revises the previous edition written for the Jose Rizal Centennial with fresh insights, new data, and new appendices. One of the best-selling books on Rizal, this volume contains new information about the conditions in Rizal's times, the attempt on his life in Dapitan, his prophetic views about the Philippines, and other data. In particular, it corrects the impression that Rizal had been a “colonial-made hero,” and affirms that he was a hero for all seasons and for all people – Filipinos, Spaniards, and Americans, Germans, Austrians, Malays, Indonesians, etc. His famous diary, essays, letters, and also poems are found either in excerpt or in entirety. His famous novels and incomplete works are also discussed within.


- a college lecturer.

External link


  • Zaide, Gregorio F. and Zaide, Sonia M. Jose Rizal: Life, Works and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist and National Hero. Quezon City: All-Nations Publishing Co., Inc., 1999.



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