President Rodrigo Duterte is making history. Within just two years as president, authors have managed to pen pages and pages about his personality, policies, life and idiosyncrasies.
Recently, news correspondent Jonathan Miller launched his book about the strongman titled “Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines.”
It discusses the president’s background and how he has developed strongman tendencies that have merited him a mention in TIME Magazine.
According to Miller, he got “personally engaged” with Duterte’s persona after the chief executive cursed him when he asked about the extrajudicial killings relating to the “War on Drugs.”
“Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines” is considered Duterte’s first textual biography.
While there are more books listed on Amazon about the president, some are apparently self-published. Here are the titles released by reputable publishers.
The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy
by Richard Heydarian
Heydarian, a political commentator and former university educator, places Duterte’s emergence in the context of a broader trend of populism seen not only in the Philippines but also in Turkey, India and Indonesia.
A Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte’s Early Presidency
Edited by Nicole Curato
“A Duterte Reader” compiles scholarly essays on Duterte’s politics and policies during his first two years in office. The discussions by experts on society and history aim to understand dynamics that led to the phenomenon that is Duterte.
The Duterte Manifesto
Edited by Khuey Garces
The book compiles some of the president’s notable statements during his campaign period. It offers a glimpse of how Duterte is as a leader, along with his beliefs as a politician.
Strongmen: Trump / Modi / Erdogan / Duterte / Putin
by Eve Ensler, Danish Husain, Lara Vapnyar, Burhan Sönmez, Ninotcha Roska and Vijay Prashad
Presents profiles of global figures dubbed as “would-be dictators” by five accomplished writers from the world of literature, journalism and drama. Feminist writer Ninotchka Rosca pens Duterte’s profile in the book. — Art by Uela Badayos; Photos from Amazon