A finalist in the 35th National Book Awards for the Best Book in History category, The War in Cebu is a definitive and comprehensive account of World War II as it happened in Cebu. Fourteen chapters in 260 pages with nearly five hundred images tell of the sacrifice, suffering, and despair, but also of resilience, resistance, and triumph.

Edited by Jose Eleazar R. Bersales, Ph.D, the book is written by several authors (including the editor) each of whom has his own unique vantage point. Resil B. Mojares is Professor Emeritus at the University of San Carlos, where he was founding director (1975-1996) of the university’s Cebuano Studies Center. David Taylor is a retired Colonel, Special Forces, US Army Reserve. He is also an author, historian, and publisher, specializing in military history about WWII in the Pacific Theater and the Vietnam War. Colonel Taylor is the World War II Historian for the American Division Veterans Association. David Colamaria is an Archivist for the United States Navy. His grandfather, Edward Monahan, served as First Sergeant for Company G of the 182nd Infantry Regiment during the liberation of Cebu. Valeriano Segura Avila is a multi-awarded multimedia personality and writes a column for The Philippine Star and The Freeman, which, in between his incisive political views, tackle forgotten episodes of World War II in Cebu. Avila is a proud grandson and namesake of Capt. Valeriano Segura, the father of the war historian and guerrilla leader Manuel S. Segura. Jose Eleazar R. Bersales heads the University of San Carlos Press. An archaeologist by profession, he dabbles in history from time to time in his weekly column “Past Forward” in Cebu Daily News.

War in Cebu

  • Weight: 1.6 kg
    Dimensions: 12" x 9"
    Pages:  256
    Copyright: 2015
    ISBN: 978-971-539-070-5


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