- Series: later printing
- Hardcover: 293 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (March 11, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679432272
- ISBN-13: 978-0679432272
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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America's Prisoner: The Memoirs of Manuel Noriega Hardcover – March 11, 1997
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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.
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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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In short, the book is disappointing as it appears Noriega has not used his time in jail for serious, thoughtful introspection and analysis. It's not a truthful confession, or even an intersting autobiography; it's basically a defensive essay on the American invasion of 1989. Still it's worth reading as no doubt some of his accusations against the "wimp" Bush bear examination.
Noriega wrote his memoir to attempt to make himself innocent of all charges. In Divorcing the Dictator by Fredrick Kemp, it is clearly stated "Noriega was not involved in drugs." If anything, he was involved in the profits of others in the drug business. He took a cut and put a blind eye to what was criminally going on. His memoir is a mixture of self serving, egotist, and attempts at leading non-believers to believers in what he is saying. Noriega wanted power and he got it. In the end, power gripped Noriega and it ultimately destroyed him. He was incarcerated in the US for about 20 years, a few yeas in France, maybe 2, and is still in prison in Panama. He wanted POWER and POWER wanted him. In the end, Noriega may have figured it out, maybe, "I have lost to power because it destroyed me." No one in search of power is stable and sane. People who are in search of power have many insecurities and wear many MASKS to hide their insecurities...........................
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