This book tells the remarkable true story of the Philippine Muslim resistance fighters of World War II—the most successful and least known guerrillas of the Pacific Theater. It is the story of Mohammad Adil, a sword-wielding warrior chieftain commissioned as a junior officer in Douglas MacArthur's guerrilla army while still a teenager. It is also the story of the colonial official Edward Kuder, foster father to Mohammad Adil and a rare American friend to the Moros, who sheltered him during the Japanese occupation.
The interaction between the Moro and the modern is encapsulated in both the commanding yet congenial relationship between the young Mohammad Adil and Edward Kuder. They are both tenacious yet receptive and end up reshaping each other’s values and beliefs, changing their perceptions about one another’s culture, and sharing a vision of the post-war culture.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Softcover / 8.97 x 6 inches / 324 pages / BW