T It s a history book that reads like a "Biography Because The Canal Is Alive As Much As Any "because the Canal is alive as much as any being From the first visionnary dreams of a few spanish xplorers to the american The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) engineers that made it reality this bookxtensively covers not just the 30 years it took to build but the 300 years it took to dream and finish The research done is clearly herculean witness the 40 pages of references at the The Garden of Happy Endings end of the book but the book reads like your grandfather s tall tales by the fire It s a fascinating story of what was the most ambitious andxtraordinary feat of Campfire engineering in atrocious conditions and against all odds until we put a man in space and on the moon The building of the Suez canal was simple child s play compared to Panama s just ask the French who despite patriotic fervor and determination lost their battle against nature andverything it threw at them assumes the Americans waltzed right in and finished the job but task was a lot arduous than I had known and was only made possbile thanks to some opportune breaks and the benefit of scientific and technological progress and the My Little Blue Dress expansive Prussian like politics of Teddy RooseveltThe author covers all the obstacles that were surmounted in thispic project including the intricate politics which made it possible the sanitary conditions which had to be overcome and conveys all too well the deadly and unforgiving Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars environment which Panama represented at the timespecially for the thousands of immigrant laborers who dug this canal with their blood and tears So not only was this a fascinating read but a very instructove one at that I started this book in a comfortable state of mind in a comfortable chair and in comfortable clothes I finished in a humid Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life environment sweat pouring down fighting off the mozzies trying to bite me Yes it was the height of summer but still I think the writing had something to do with my changed state of affairs This book is uite an achievement taking us from thearly Crazy Love explorations of the Europeans to the Central America isthmus through the final completion via the Americans The jungle is humid one nation after another tries to build a canal scores of people die trying and sickness isverywhere It wasn t just any malady but Yellow Fever aka Blood Vomit The French simply couldn t Having been all the way through the canal within the past few months I picked up this book to try to get a feel for how this marvel of Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society engineering came about Parker s book is very well written and does a fine job ofxplaining the history of the building of the canal so that non technical people like myself can understand it He begins in the time of the Spanish xplorers when Balboa was able to walk from ocean to ocean over the narrow isthmus of land there through the French fforts and debacle under the aegis of Ferdinand deLesseps the builder of the Suez Canal through the Americans time there and their ultimate completion of the Canal What Parker manages to convey is that the story of how America got its foothold in Panama is not a pretty one Nor was the Story Of It This Tells The Story Of The Panama of it This tells the story of the Panama from the origins of the idea with the Spanish xplorers to the completion of the canal at the start of WW I Lots of detail and firsthand accounts but Parker does a nice job of moving the story along xplaining the technical details without bogging down the human story A trip to Panama prompted me to purchase and read Matthew Parker s Panama Fever Parker s Black Heart, Red Ruby epic isthmus history covers over 400 years but he takes his reader on a fascinating and thrilling political social and technical journey not to mention a few memorable tangents of what it took to locate and build the canal Peopled with colorful tragic and heroic characters I would think Panama Fever would be a good readven if you were never planning on visiting Panama and its canal A splendid story splendidly told. Nts they developed changed the course of medical history The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 spelled the nd of the Victorian Age and the beginning of the American Century Panama Fever brilliantly captures the innovative thinking and backbreaking labor as well as the commercial and political interests that helped make America a global pow.
Matthew Parker ☆ 8 free downloadAs an ngineer my life has been dedicated to projects I have worked on hundreds of them during my career and a typical drive through Southern California will usually bring me to within close proximity of at least one transformation of land that can be attributed to a personal contribution To many these things may appear as objects that New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood exist for their own use created to make lifeasier roads buildings water towers dams And Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey even though my involvement with their creation imprints a personal connection with these objects it s stillasy to forget that many others placed a human hand on their creation Panama Fever reminds its readers that one monumental object the Panama Canal was created through the God's Pocket efforts of people While some may have been boisterousnough to have the canal attributed to them by name it still could not have happened without the
"motivation of thousands "of thousands workers ЯED engineers patriots and rebels of the Panamanian variety Thousands of people lost their lives in working to bring this thing intoxistence thousands lost their livelihood through failed beliefs and investments and yet thousands moved some small amount of arth to contribute to its completion This book tells their stories and transforms a project of monumental proportion into an achievement of monumental human ffort Another grand slam from Matthew Parker in my humble opinion and it s now official this guy is my new favorite history authorPanama Fever tells the story of the building of the Panama Canal which at the time was one of the greatest construction projects of all time This massive task which was begun and abandoned by the French and then taken up by the US would see the removal of hundreds of millions of cubic yards of soil tens of thousands of workers from a vast number of countries and "project management on an normous scale The Canal would also see the US rise as a genuine superpower "management on an normous scale The Canal would also see the US rise as a genuine superpower at the same time fall in popularity particularly in the Latin American region It is also the story of political machinations dominant personalities and national heroes graft and corruption and noble sacrifice The plight of the West Indies workers in particular was pretty sad and their treatment by the Americans was very poorI Moreno enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any fan of history I almost gave this book a three star review but held off because it was just the narrator of the audiobook brining the rating down I am very thankful to be listening to a different audiobook now with a much better narrator A British accent usually solvesverything This narrator also stopped cleared his throat and backtracked to the beginning of the sentence before continuing That probably has to say about the diting director than the narrator but still I also have to admit that when I first started listening to this audiobook I was rather DISTRACTED AND DID NOT HEAR MUCH OF THE FOUNDATIONAL and did not hear much of the foundational Thus another reason that I am giving it the benefit of the doubtAdditionally I had to stop comparing this book to McCullough s which I still think is better before I could write a decent reviewThis author spent a lot of time on the social and cultural aspect of building the bridge which was absolutely fascinating It did verge just a bit on the macabre with the descriptions of the death and distraction from disease and work place accidents The author clearly did his research a whole bunch by the lookslistens of ach chapter He definitely knows his stuff While he takes his time and sometimes too much gets included on the page I definitely recommend this book Sometimes when reading non fiction there will be on person that sort of jumps out Not necessarily someone who was terribly important to the A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author events but just because they ll have a funny name or happen to be the one that kept the mostxtensive diary and get uoted a lot or have participated in some stupid but illustrative anecdote or something. The building of the Panama Canal was one of the greatest What If engineering feats in human history A tale ofxploration conuest money politics and medicine Panama Fever charts the challenges that marked the long labyrinthine road to the building of the canal Drawing on a wealth of new materials and sources Matthew Parker brings to life the men who. And then going forward I kind of keep an The Exhaustion Breakthrough eye out for them In this instance the person is one Claude Mallet British acting consul to Panama and as such possessor of many duties and writer of many letters About a third of the way through I had to stop and google him Reassured that he died somewhere in England aged 81 having finally been made actual consul I could now continue reading He was acting consul you see because the actual consuls dropping dead from malaria yellow fever or nervous breakdowns Most of theffort of building the "canal appears to have been an utter disaster of absolutely pic the "appears to been an utter disaster of absolutely pic the most in history Supplemental Book ever in fact proportions and Parker tells it all with relish The final few chapters when the thing actually gets built go by very uickly They re just nowhere near as fun I guessTheres forty years worth of scandals revolutions trials coup dtats lies breakdowns and betrayals of the political and Hark! The Herald Angels Scream economic wrangling about the canal which are pretty awesome Then theres thengineering story itself which is fascinating and includes what sounds like some of the weirdest machines ver built You can see technology leaping ahead desperately trying to do things it really just can t yet and creating total steampunk madness Where the book really shines though is in giving the bulk of the narrative over to the lives of the people who built the canal Racism labour health living standards food ntertainment crime death tc It s great xactly the kind of stuff I always wish for and never seem to get Bidadari yang Mengembara enough of He doesn t neglect the great men and the political narrative but really tries to give a sense of how life was lived in this kind of mad artificial place that seems to have been such a product of that age My objective reaction to this book a well researched thorough andxhaustive history of the canal from idea to Red River Girl executionMy subjective reaction a dense thick weirdly uneven book which wears its research heavily but which is nevertheless always interesting I think the book never uite knows what it is despite the title and suffers at times for it The fact that it covers almost all bases by thend means you can have no real complaints although it works best I think as a dip in and out reference book rather than a read cover to cover historyAnyone with any interest in the canal or French or American politics and society of the time will find a lot here to interest them Most fascinating for me were the scientific breakthroughs regarding malaria Yellow Fever and other diseases going on in parallel with thousands upon thousands of workers and administrators dying during the building The struggle against nature trying to build on a strip of land tangled in jungle regularly soaked with huge uantites of water and populated by La strada delle croci endless dangerous creepie crawlies is at the heart of this book and is well toldMy favourite story was of anxpedition during the French attempt at building the canal The teams had gone out in canoes so high was the flood water to assess the devastation and destruction the rainy season had wreaked on the works One noticed that the tops of the trees the only parts poking up out of the brown floodwaters were black and moving This they found out coming closer was because they were covered in fleeing tarantulas This book was strongly recommended by a friend who visited us in Panama arlier this year Since we have now left Panama after living there for 6 years I figured it was a case of better late than never that this book would prove a nice nostalgic read but little After all I had visited the Canal Museum a dozen times at least I had watched ships go by from the observation deck many times and I ven participated in the Ocean to Ocean cayuco race in 2007 which means i actually rowed the full length of the canal under Panama s tropical summer sun So what could this book really teach me about the canal uite a lot as it turns ou. Recognized the impact a canal would have on global politics and The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth economics and adds new depth to the familiar story of Teddy Roosevelt's remarkable triumph in making the waterway a realityAs thousands of workers succumbed to dysentery yellow fever and malaria scientists raced to stop the deadlypidemics so that work could continue The treatme.