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Book review: Carmen Navarro Pedrosa’s “The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos”

When it comes to former First Lady Imelda Marcos, there are about as many myths as there are facts.

For every person that alleges that Imelda had 7,500 pairs of shoes, there are those who claim it was only a thousand, maybe even less. There are those who say that she was complicit in the activities of the former dictator, while there are those who believe she only stood for “the true, the good, and the beautiful.”

Perhaps this is the reason why books about the woman known as the “Steel Butterfly” abound. There is Kerima Polotan Tuvera’s “Imelda Romualdez Marcos, a biography of the First Lady of the Philippines”, the only officially approved biography of Imelda. There is Katherine Ellison’s “Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines”, which the Washington Post called “superb…gripping and graceful.”

And then there is Filipino journalist Carmen Navarro Pedrosa’s “banned” Imelda Marcos biography “The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos”. First published in 1969, it was banned during Martial Law, sold more than 300,000 copies, and was translated into French, Japanese, and Portuguese before going out of print.

But now this “banned” book gets a new lease on life as Flipside Publishing, the country’s leading ebook publisher, releases its ebook version for today’s generation of young Filipinos. Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo, “The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos” is now being retold to a new generation and in a new medium.

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