"Endless Journey," the memoir of former National Security Adviser Jose Almonte, will be launched on February 25.
The book tells the story of a man’s quest for meaningful change both as a soldier and public official.
The memoir reveals insights and inside stories rarely made public and will give the readers a ringside view of history.
The book reaches back to Almonte’s beginnings, as a student in the Philippine Military Academy fighting to keep the school’s honor, and covers momentous episodes in a richly lived life in the armed forces and civilian government.
As a young soldier, he joined the pursuit of the Huks in the rugged expanse of Sierra Madre. He was later assigned to Vietnam where he deeply immersed himself among the Viet Congs in a clandestine mission to spare the Philippine contingent from deathly harm.
He worked with four presidents--as aide to President Diosdado Macapagal and emissary to Southeast Asian heads of state; policy adviser to President Ferdinand Marcos and was pivotal in opening relations with China and the Soviet Union; anti-smuggling czar of President Corazon Aquino who gave no favor nor brooked no fear; and national security adviser of President Fidel Ramos where he provided the strategic muscle to level the country’s playing field, making enemies among the rich and powerful.
Almonte was the most controversial figure in the Ramos cabinet. He was seen as “sinister” and regarded as a “dark force.”
The book may also "send ripples to the halls and backrooms of policy-making and governance, where officials navigate through a minefield of vested interests to push for reforms," according to a press release on the book.
Gen. Almonte narrated his story to journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug who wrote the book in the genre of creative non-fiction.
For inquiries on the book launch, please contact Krizia Nhel Gayo at 0905-395- 4093. Details are in www.facebook.com/endlessjourney.