We Fought the Navy and Won: Guam’s Quest for Democracy, by Doloris Coulter Cogan, is a carefully documented yet impassioned recollection of Guam’s struggle to liberate itself from the absolutist rule of the U.S. Navy. Doloris Cogan concentrates on five crucial years, 1945–1950, when, fresh out of journalism school, she had the good fortune to join the distinguished team of idealists at the newly formed Institute of Ethnic Affairs in Washington, D.C. Working as a writer/editor on the monthly Guam Echo under the leadership of the Institute’s director, John Collier, Cogan witnessed and recorded the battle fought at the very top between Collier and Navy Secretary James V. Forrestal as the people of Guam petitioned the U.S. Congress for civilian government under a constitution. Taken up by newspapers throughout the country, this war of words illustrated how much freedom of the press plays in achieving and sustaining true democracy.
“Insightful and well done. We Fought the Navy and Won will be an important contribution to the literature.” —Dirk A. Ballendorf, University of Guam
March 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3216-2 / $24.00 (PAPER)