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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of the battle to construct the Canal, 13 Mar. 2007
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This is an enthralling account of the history of the various endeavours to construct a canal to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Isthmus of Central America, particularly at Panama. The descriptions of the hardships undergone by the mainly British West Indian labourers leaves one wondering why it was permitted. The books intensity is spellbinding. But it comes to an abrupt end once the canal is open to traffic - nearly 100 years' ago; what has happened since then?

Just one adverse comment; the editing is a bit lax, for example the author refers to the uniform that the labourers were requited to wear and describes the "shirt and trousers" but the "r" in "shirt" is missing.

You should read "El Caballo de Oro" by Juan David Morgan first - this is an account of the construction of the railway across the Isthmus woven around the romance of the marriage of one the principal promotors. Fascinating.
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