The Marcos Years: The Age of Crisis and Repression is a collection of essays organized in two parts: (1) an examination into the full weight of Martial Law on politics and society and (2) an analysis of the economic crisis which the dictatorship period produced. The first part probes into the nature of authoritarianism, the traits of the bureaucracy under Martial Law, and the experiences of those who resisted, particularly journalists and activists. The second part studies the different programs and policies of Ferdinand E. Marcos that brought the Philippine economy to its dire state in the 1980s.