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Panama Fever: The Battle to Build the Canal Hardcover – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition First Printing edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091797047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091797041
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An epic tale of human folly and endeavour, beautifully told and researched" (John le Carré)

"Matthew Parker has picked a fascinating subject and written a book worthy of it. His narrative is compelling, his ability to weave a pattern from the topics he has to cover quite remarkable. It's a story of engineering, labour relations, disease, financial crises, politics, idealism and skulduggery. It is peopled with a host of characters, some heroic, others corrupt, almost all out of the ordinary. There isn't a dull page, and if this book isn't a candidate for all the non-fiction prizes going, I shall be disappointed." (Allan Massie Daily Telegraph)

"Parker's epic story, from the 18th century to the present day, is awesome." (The Times)

"Parker has written the Panama story for a new generation. He quotes extensively from letters and diaries of ordinary workers writing home to their families. And it is their heartfelt views on the conditions in which they lived and worked that really bring this book to life." (The Economist)

"Parker's great forte in Panama Fever is to bring this complex story to life through a succession of vivid characters" (Sunday Telegraph)

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The brilliantly ambitious, epic story of a thirty-year battle against the elements, disease, impossible terrain and massive financial collapse to create one of the most extraordinary engineering feats in world history.

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