Like Muammar al-Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega is vilified by the United States like few other statesmen (or ex-statesmen). Now Noriega has a chance to counter the charges leveled against him in America's Prisoner: The Memoirs of Manuel Noriega
. As a former friend of the CIA, Noriega has a unique perspective on U.S. involvement in Latin America, and he has a heap of dirty laundry he's more than willing to air. From his prison cell in Miami, America's only prisoner of war expounds on such topics as his covert dealings with CIA agents, his relationship with high government officials such as George Bush and Oliver North, the U.S. invasion of Panama, and his own drug charges. Helping his cause is Peter Eisner, a former foreign editor and Latin American correspondent for Newsday
, who calls in question many of the charges against Noriega while admitting the extreme unpopularity of the man. Brazen and controversial, America's Prisoner
is an account of U.S. foreign policy from one who has been on both sides of the political fence.
From Library Journal
General Noriega, the Panamanian leader the Bush administration captured and put on trial after invading the country in December 1989, provides his own account from federal prison of the events leading up to his capture and trial and the twisted logic of the United States in embarking on its invasion strategy. This is not a complete or objective memoir, but as suggested by coauthor Eisner, a well-informed journalist of the region, it demonstrates repeated weaknesses, fabrications, and distortions in the government's case against Noriega and, perhaps more important, reveals unpleasant insights into the way many Americans continue to view Panama and our foreign policy initiatives in the region. A controversial and revealing portrait of the United States from a Latin American perspective.-?Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans
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