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Piloting the Panama Canal: Experiences of a Panama Canal Pilot

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ISBN-13: 978-0595181070
ISBN-10: 0595181074
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About the Author

Charles Pendleton Gaines, born in 1922, third of seven children. After high school, he joined the Merchant Marines to help support his six brothers and sisters. During his years of service, he rose from ordinary seaman to captain. Charles, now retired, lives with his Panamanian wife in Winter Haven, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (April 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595181074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595181070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,232,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a mess. It reads in the third person, and the central character isn't the name of the author, so confusion sets in right away. Is it a biography? Is it a failed novel? Nautical terms are dropped without explanation, and anecdotes don't make sense because there's no framing concept in which to understand them. Pilots are almost universally portrayed as dysfunctional, raging alcoholics with blustery egos. Everybody drinks and drinks. There's so much alcohol fueling this book you'll wake up with a hangover. The dialogue is wooden and forced. While the story appears to be deeply personal, it is to such a point that the reader learns a lot more about the author than about Panama, its history, the Panama Canal, and first-hand relations between the U.S. and the Panamanians. A lack of maps and photos make references to geographical points almost useless.
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I had hoped that this would be a great book written by a Panama Pilot, but the poor writing could have used an editor. However I plowed through it and got a real sense of the transition of the canal from US to Panama.
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Piloting the Panama Canal, Experiences of a Panama Canal Pilot, is a remarkable true tale of adventure you won't forget. You will meet Noriega, and other characters you already know from newspapers. You will know the life of 'Zonians' - the Americans stationed in Panama who are leaving now that Panama gets its canal, for good or not-good. You will travel the canal with Russian captains and with East Indians. You'll be there and you will come back from your book-travel knowing more than you did before.
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Piloting the Panama Canal, Experiences of a Panama Canal Pilot, is a remarkable true tale of adventure you won't forget. You will meet Noriega, and other characters you already know from newspapers. You will know the life of `Zonians' - the Americans stationed in Panama who are leaving now that Panama gets its canal, for good or not-good. You will travel the canal with Russian captains and with East Indians. You'll be there and you will come back from your book-travel knowing more than you did before.
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The book is more of a journal or personal account of life and times in pre-Panama ownership of the canal. It is an interesting perspective and adds to the understanding of the turn over of the canal to Panama.
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