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About the Author

William Friar grew up in Panama near the banks of the Panama Canal. This is his third Panama-related book; he also authored an ecotourist guidebook, Adventures in Nature: Panama. and a photo-essay book, Portrait of the Panama Canal.

Bill began his writing career as a stringer for the metro desk of the New York Times, where he found that covering stabbings, shootings, blizzards, and hockey parades was surprisingly good training for travel writing. He has worked as a rock-music critic, a tech-news editor at CNET, a human biology instructor, a writing coach, a fundraiser for a medical foundation, a software-manual author, and a reporter for three daily newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bill's work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Arizona Republic, Neuen Zurcher Zeitung, San Jose Mercury News, Orange County Register, and Houston Chronicle, among other publications. His travels have taken him to more than 60 countries on five continents, including a year stint in India doing international development work.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Bill also holds an M.A. in English and American Literature from Stanford and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Series: Moon Spotlight
  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598805355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598805352
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

William Friar grew up near the banks of the Panama Canal. Though an American citizen, Bill has lived most of his life overseas. Besides Panama, he has called Denmark, India, and the United Kingdom home, and he spends as much time as possible traveling around the world.

He has written three Panama-related books: the guidebook Moon Handbooks: Panama (now in its third edition); an ecotourist guide, Adventures in Nature: Panama; and a photo-essay book, Portrait of the Panama Canal (now in its third edition). He also writes about England, San Francisco, and various bits of South America.

Bill began his writing career as a stringer for the metro desk of The New York Times, where he found that covering stabbings, shootings, blizzards, and hockey parades was surprisingly good training for travel writing. He has also worked as a rock-music critic, technology-news editor, human biology instructor, writing coach, fundraiser for a medical foundation and a university, software-manual author, and reporter for three daily newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bill's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Arizona Republic, Neuen Zürcher Zeitung, San Jose Mercury News, Orange County Register, Houston Chronicle, Budget Travel, and other publications.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Bill also holds a Stanford MA in English and American literature and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in London with his wife, Karen.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By -Pete on February 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
I used this book when I visited Panama in 2010 and it was a good reference. Even so, I stayed in a large hotel that was not even mentioned in the book because the facility was new.
Things are changing fast in Panama and guide books do go out of date.

There is now a 2013 edition of this book by the same author, available on Amazon. If past experience is any indication, the new edition should be worth a look.
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By mike juha on June 9, 2014
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Easy to read guide to Panama City. Would like the maps as a single fold out map to make it easier to find specific features while reading the text.
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By kmann on February 4, 2014
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there was plenty of wrong information and not enough information, We were disappointed. Next time I'll get a fodors book
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