Best Panama History Books
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1. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
Author: by David McCullough
Published at: Simon & Schuster (October 15, 1978)
The National Book Awardwinning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master historian David McCullough. From the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Truman, here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal.
In The Path Between the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first-rate drama of the sweeping human undertaking that led to the creation of this grand enterprise. The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.
2. Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America
Author: by Michael Reid
Published at: Yale University Press; New edition (November 14, 2017)
A newly updated edition of the best-selling primer on the social, political, and economic challenges facing Central and South America Ten years after its first publication, Michael Reid’s best-selling survey of the state of contemporary Latin America has been wholly updated to reflect the new realities of the Forgotten Continent.
The former Americas editor for the Economist, Reid suggests that much of Central and South America, though less poor, less unequal, and better educated than before, faces harder economic times now that the commodities boom of the 2000s is over.
His revised, in-depth account of the region reveals dynamic societies more concerned about corruption and climate change, the uncertainties of a Donald Trump-led United States, and a political cycle that, in many cases, is turning from left-wing populism to center-right governments.
This essential new edition provides important insights into the sweeping changes that have occurred in Latin America in recent years and indicates priorities for the future.
3. Latin America and the Global Cold War (The New Cold War History)
Author: by Thomas C. Field
Published at: University of North Carolina Press (May 18, 2020)
Latin America and the Global Cold War analyzes more than a dozen of Latin America’s forgotten encounters with Africa, Asia, and the Communist world, and by placing the region in meaningful dialogue with the wider Global South, this volume produces the first truly global history of contemporary Latin America.
It uncovers a multitude of overlapping and sometimes conflicting iterations of Third Worldist movements in Latin America, and offers insights for better understanding the region’s past, as well as its possible futures, challenging us to consider how the Global Cold War continues to inform Latin America’s ongoing political struggles.
Contributors: Miguel Serra Coelho, Thomas C. Field Jr., Sarah Foss, Michelle Getchell, Eric Gettig, Alan McPherson, Stella Krepp, Eline van Ommen, Eugenia Palieraki, Vanni Pettina, Tobias Rupprecht, David M.K. Sheinin, Christy Thornton, Miriam Elizabeth Villanueva, and Odd Arne Westad.
4. Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal
Author: by Marixa Lasso
Published at: Harvard University Press; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2019)
The Panama Canal’s untold historyfrom the Panamanian point of view. Sleuth and scholar Marixa Lasso recounts how the canal’s American builders displaced 40,000 residents and erased entire towns in the guise of bringing modernity to the tropics. The Panama Canal set a new course for the modern development of Central America.
Cutting a convenient path from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, it hastened the currents of trade and migration that were already reshaping the Western hemisphere. Yet the waterway was built at considerable cost to a way of life that had characterized the region for centuries.
In Erased, Marixa Lasso recovers the history of the Panamanian cities and towns that once formed the backbone of the republic. Drawing on vast and previously untapped archival sources and personal recollections, Lasso describes the canal’s displacement of peasants, homeowners, and shop owners, and chronicles the destruction of a centuries-old commercial culture and environment.
5. Daylight Robbery: How Tax Shaped Our Past and Will Change Our Future
Author: by Dominic Frisby
Published at: Portfolio Penguin (March 15, 2020)
For most people, tax is something we pay, simply because we must. We seldom think much more about it, in fact, tax is something we’d rather forget. But the reality is that tax is the key to power. No government can survive without tax revenueit is the fuel that every state, large and small, runs on.
Many of the problems we face today, not least the enormous wealth gaps between rich and poor and between generations, can be traced back to our systems of tax. If you tax windows, many will sacrifice their daylight. If you tax cigarettes, some people will choose not to smoke, others will take up smuggling.
Tax companies too much and many will relocate off-shore. In Daylight Robbery, Dominic Frisby will offer an alternative vision of a system that is as old as civilization itself. It will take you on a whirlwind journey through the history of taxation, from the Ancient Mesopotamia right up to the present day, explaining the key dynamics of taxation around the world and arguing that governments are going to have to radically change who they tax and how if they are to succeed in the future.
6. The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures (Palgrave Essential Histories Series)
Author: by Marshall C. Eakin
Published at: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (June 12, 2007)
This narrative history of Latin America surveys five centuries in less than five hundred pages. The first third of the book moves from the Americas before Columbus to the wars for independence in the early nineteenth century. The construction of new nations and peoples in the nineteenth century forms the middle third, and the final section analyzes economic development, rising political participation, and the search of identity over the last century.
The collision of peoples and cultures-Native Americans, Europeans, Africans-that defines Latin America, and gives it both its unity and diversity, provides the central theme of this concise, synthetic history.
7. Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama (American Encounters/Global Interactions)
Author: by John Lindsay-Poland
Published at: Duke University Press Books; Illustrated edition (February 11, 2003)
Emperors in the Jungle is an expos of key episodes in the military involvement of the United States in Panama. Investigative journalism at its best, this book reveals how U.S. Ideas about taming tropical jungles and people, combined with commercial and military objectives, shaped more than a century of intervention and environmental engineering in a small, strategically located nation.
Whether uncovering the U.S. Army’s decades-long program of chemical weapons tests in Panama or recounting the invasion in December 1989 which was the U.S. Military’s twentieth intervention in Panama since 1856, John Lindsay-Poland vividly portrays the extent and costs of U.S.Involvement.
Analyzing new evidence gathered through interviews, archival research, and Freedom of Information Act requests, Lindsay-Poland discloses the hidden history of U.S. Panama relations, including the human and environmental toll of the massive canal building project from 1904 to 1914. In stunning detail he describes secret chemical weapons testsof toxins including nerve agent and Agent Orangeas well as plans developed in the 1960s to use nuclear blasts to create a second canal in Panama.
8. The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas
Author: by Eric Rutkow
Published at: Scribner; Illustrated edition (January 8, 2019)
From the award-winning author of American Canopy, a dazzling account of the world’s longest road, the Pan-American Highway, and the epic quest to link North and South America, a dramatic story of commerce, technology, politics, and the divergent fates of the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Pan-American Highway, monument to a century’s worth of diplomacy and investment, education and engineering, scandal and sweat, is the longest road in the world, passable everywhere save the mythic Darien Gap that straddles Panama and Colombia. The highway’s history, however, has long remained a mystery, a story scattered among government archives, private papers, and fading memories.
In contrast to the Panama Canal and its vast literature, the Pan-American Highwaythe United States’ other great twentieth-century hemispheric infrastructure projecthas become an orphan of the past, effectively erased from the story of the American Century. The Longest Line on the Map uncovers this incredible tale for the first time and weaves it into a tapestry that fascinates, informs, and delights.
9. The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
Author: by Frederik Obermaier
Published at: Oneworld Publications; Revised ed. edition (April 11, 2017)
From the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting 11. 5 million documents sent through encrypted channels. The secret records of 214,000 offshore companies. The largest data leak in history. In early 2015, an anonymous whistle-blower led investigative journalists Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier into the shadow economy where the super-rich hide billions of dollars in complex financial networks.
Thus began the ground-breaking investigation that saw an international team of 400 journalists work in secret for a year to uncover cases involving heads of state, politicians, businessmen, big banks, the mafia, diamond miners, art dealers and celebrities. A real-life thriller, The Panama Papers is the gripping account of how the story of the century was exposed to the world.
10. Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (Gender and American Culture)
Author: by Marino
Published at: The University of North Carolina Press; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2020)
This book chronicles the dawn of the global movement for women’s rights in the first decades of the twentieth century. The founding mothers of this movement were not based primarily in the United States, however, or in Europe. Instead, Katherine M.
Marino introduces readers to a cast of remarkable Latin American and Caribbean women whose deep friendships and intense rivalries forged global feminism out of an era of imperialism, racism, and fascism. Six dynamic activists form the heart of this story: from Brazil, Bertha Lutz; from Cuba, Ofelia Domingez Navarro; from Uruguay, Paulina Luisi; from Panama, Clara Gonzalez; from Chile, Marta Vergara; and from the United States, Doris Stevens.
This Pan-American network drove a transnational movement that advocated women’s suffrage, equal pay for equal work, maternity rights, and broader self-determination. Their painstaking efforts led to the enshrinement of women’s rights in the United Nations Charter and the development of a framework for international human rights.
11. Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal
Author: by Olive Senior
Published at: University Press of the West Indies; 1st edition (August 7, 2014)
The popular West Indian migration narrative often starts with the Windrush Generationin 1950s’ England, but in Dying to Better Themselves Olive Senior examines an earlier narrative: that of the neglected post-emancipation generation of the 1850s who were lured to Panama by the promise of lucrative work and who initiated a pattern of circular migration that would transform the islands economically, socially and politically well into the twentieth century.
West Indians provided the bulk of the workforce for the construction of the Panama Railroad and the Panama Canal, and between 1850 and 1914 untold numbers sacrificed their lives, limbs and mental faculties to the Panama project. Many West Indians remained as settlers, their descendants now citizens of Panama; many returned home with enough of a nest egg to better themselves; and others launched themselves elsewhere in the Americas as work beckoned.
Senior tells the compelling story of the West Indian rite of passage of going to Panama and captures the complexities behind the iconic Coln Man. Drawing on official records, contemporary newspapers, journals and books, songs, sayings, and literature, and the words of the participants themselves, Senior answers the questions of who went to Panama, how and why; she describes the work they did there, the conditions under which they lived, and the impact on their homelands when they returned or on the host societies when they stayed.
12. How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal
Author: by Ovidio Diaz Espino
Published at: Basic Books (September 30, 2003)
With the drama of detective fiction, How Wall Street Created a Nation illustrates how a combination of financial gain and arrogant American imperialism culminated in the building of the Panama Canal. Ovidio Diaz Espino has artfully pieced together the tale of a dark alliance of greed between the bankrupt French Panama Canal Company and a secret syndicate of Wall Street financiers.
With the full force of Teddy Roosevelt’s Wall Street cabal and his gunboat diplomacy behind it, there was no stopping the canal project despite the objections of the American Congress and press. Espino brings a combination of financial acumen, historical expertise, and Latin American sensibility to this book.
13. Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia
Author: by Levison Wood
Published at: Grove Press; Reprint edition (December 11, 2018)
Levison Wood’s famous walking expeditions have taken him from the length of the Nile River to the peaks of the Himalayas, and in Walking the Americas, Wood chronicles his latest exhilarating adventure: an 1,800-mile trek across the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia.
Beginning in the Yucatnand moving south through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and PanamaWood’s journey takes him from sleepy barrios to glamorous cities to Mayan ruins lying unexcavated in the wilderness. Wood encounters indigenous tribes in Mexico, revolutionaries in a Nicaraguan refugee camp, fellow explorers, and migrants heading toward the United States.
The relationships he forges along the way are at the heart of his travelsand the personal histories, cultures, and popular legends he discovers paint a riveting history of Mexico and Central America. While contending with the region’s natural obstacles like quicksand, flashfloods, and dangerous wildlife, he also partakes in family meals with local hosts, learns to build an emergency shelter, negotiates awkward run-ins with policemen, and witnesses the surreal beauty of Central America’s landscapes, from cascading waterfalls and sunny beaches to the spectacular ridgelines of the Honduran highlands.