As the country prepares to elect its new leaders, an e-book publisher has launched the first non-fiction e-book that discusses the country’s sociopolitical and economic problems in ?The Long Crisis: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Philippine Underdevelopment.?
“As implied by the title, the book deals with the Arroyo years. In doing so, however, the point is made that while the various scandals were hitting the headlines, there were two elephants in the room — the Philippines and its relationship with the USA, and this country’s dysfunctional economy — that merited far more attention than they received,” said Ken Fuller, author of the e-book.
While the e-book necessarily deals with the well-known examples of alleged misbehavior by the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, Fuller also focused on the country’s colonial history, discussing how the challenges faced by government are merely symptoms of a larger, long-term crisis.
Fuller, a British expatriate writer, is also the author of ?Forcing the Pace?, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2008, and ?A Movement Divided?.
He was previously a labor union official in London before settling in the Philippines in 2003. He is currently a columnist for broadsheet Daily Tribune.
The e-book is initially available for $4.99 at Amazon and Flipreads, and will later be available at other leading e-book retailers.