- Hardcover: 306 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 1st edition (1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0151761353
- ISBN-13: 978-0151761357
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red, white, and blue paradise: The American Canal Zone in Panama Hardcover – 1984
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Here is an thorough and impassioned account of America's Canal adventure, beginning in 1904 with the arrival of the first American Roughnecks in the 'Panama graveyard' and ending the day the last vestige of American authority on the Canal Zone was abolished seventy five years later.
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It covers a slice of the American experiment in the former Panama Canal Zone. Noble at times and flawed at other times as are all human endeavors the experience served the world well. Human shortcomings should not detract from the bottom line. There were many success stories created by Americans, Panamanians and others as they carved out an engineering masterpiece out of the veritable jungle.
Much propaganda has been written about America's intent, mission and accomplishments in building the canal and maintaining it ever so effectively for nearly one-hundred years. Much of it is too critical and distorted.
All in all, America's accomplishments are a proud and successful chapter in the history of the Americas. Indeed of the world. Some readers will cringe at what I just wrote because so much foolishness and so many falsehoods have been written that it is hard to know the truth. Luckily this book and others will serve as fodder when, in fifty years or such, the definitive books are written.
The privately funded Panama Canal Zone Museum now housed at the University of Florida is collecting primary material that will help with the task of chronicling the myriad of amazing stories.
Many events are planned for 2014, the 100th anniversary of opening the Canal.
This book is sound and a good read.
Incidentally, although the book is out of print, the copy Amazon obtained for me was an ex-library copy in excellent shape.
Marshall S Thomas