The Epic Story of the Building of the Panama Canal
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The Panama Canal was the costliest undertaking in history; its completion in 1914 marked the beginning of the “American Century.” Panama Fever draws on contemporary accounts, bringing the experience of those who built the canal vividly to life. Politicians engaged in high-stakes diplomacy in order to influence its construction. Meanwhile, engineers and workers from around the world rushed to take advantage of high wages and the chance to be a part of history. Filled with remarkable characters, Panama Fever is an epic history that shows how a small, fiercely contested strip of land made the world a smaller place and launched the era of American global dominance.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Well written and researched
A trip to Panama prompted me to purchase and read Matthew Parker's, 'Panama Fever'. Parker's history of the canal covers over 400 years, but he takes his reader on a fascinating and thrilling political, social, and technical journey, not to mention a few memorable tangents, of what it took to locate and build the canal. Peopled with colorful, tragic and heroic characters, I would think 'Panama Fever' would be a good read even if you were never planning on visiting Panama and its canal.