Friday, 1:00–2:30, May 18
Instructor: Peter Eisner
Coordinator: Jennifer Disano
MacArthur’s Spies is a non-fiction account of guerrillas and the American underground in Japanese-occupied Manila during World War II. On January 2, 1942, Japanese troops marched into Manila unopposed by US forces. Manila was a strategic port, a romantic American outpost, and a jewel of a city. Tokyo saw its conquest of the Philippines as the key to its plan to control all of Asia, including Australia. Thousands of soldiers surrendered and were sent on the notorious eighty-mile Bataan Death March. But thousands of other Filipinos and Americans refused to surrender and hid in the Luzon hills above Bataan and Manila. MacArthur’s Spiesis the story of three of them, and how they successfully foiled the Japanese for more than two years, sabotaging Japanese efforts and preparing the way for MacArthur’s return.
Peter Eisner, an award-winning foreign correspondent, has been an editor and reporter at The Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. Eisner was a correspondent and consulting producer at the PBS programs Newshour Weekend and World Focus and was nominated for a news and documentary Emmy award in 2010. Eisner was the managing director of the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog organization. There he founded an online publication, publicI.org, which won national investigative reporting awards. He was an early member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. He has written and co-authored many books in addition to MacArthur’s Spies, including co-authoring with Phillip Brenner the forthcoming Cuba’s Quest for Sovereignty: A 500-Year History.