- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd; First Edition edition (September 27, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0370308085
- ISBN-13: 978-0370308081
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,242,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a lot of political thoughts from Graham given on the situation in South America, and he seems to have know a lot of powerful figures in that area. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a short look at Omar Torrijos and the political situation in Central America during the late 70s and early 80s. The adventures of Graham are not to be missed, often quite comical and interesting.
I really would like to finish this review but I'm going out to get a Rum Punch first. Bye for now.
Back again. This all goes back to The Monroe Doctrine of 1823. When America ( U.S.A.) made it plain that they The United States of America would take it as an unfriendly act if any other European Nations or anyone else for that matter were to poke their noses in Central and South Amercia and "disturb" the "sublime" protective relationship that Washington accorded to its Southern "neighbors".
Then Teddy Roosevelt led his "roughriders" to "mess up" Cuba and U.S.A constructed the Panama Canal. Which of course was under American control until President Jimmy Carter got the "big idea" to give it back.
Well the intrigue and "wheeling and dealing" of this whole negotiation process in the handing over of the canal is what this story tries to deal with.
And in fact it is a "non-fiction" novel because Graham Greene really was invited down to Panama by the then President of Panama in order "to have a look at the whole situation".
At that time Central America ( as well there was concurrent to this upheaval in South America )was rife with wars. And Panama enjoyed a certain special relationship with all powers concerned both left and right.
Could you imagine if for example Fidel Castro could have gotten control of the Canal. Wow!! That would have been wild !!