Occupation: The Later Years

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Occupation: The Later Years (book cover)

Occupation: The Later Years by Benito J. Legarda, Jr. continues and concludes the coverage of the Japanese Occupation begun in the earlier book, Occupation ’42 published by DLSU Press in 2003.



The present work takes the coverage of these events into the latter part of the Occupation, starting with the sullen uneasiness of 1943, revisiting briefly the time of Bataan, through the gradually rising hopes of 1944, and the high price in lives, heritage and property that the Philippines paid in 1945 to regain its freedom. It opens with the burial of a war hero, and concludes with the surrender of Japan on the feast of the Assumption in 1945.

Like its predecessor, it is not a comprehensive history of the Occupation but a narrative of certain events as they affected our daily lives. Consisting largely of columns from the weekly Philippines Free Press, it adopts an informal journalistic approach rather than formal academic norms. The individual articles are arranged in the chronological order of events, not in the order of publication, but certain themes that straddle a wide time span have been grouped separately.


Occupation: The Later Years is published by Vibal Publishing for DLSU Press.


Legarda, Benito J., Jr. Occupation: The Later Years. Quezon City: Vibal Publishing House, Inc., 2007



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