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Recognized the impact a canal would have on global politics and economics and adds new depth to the Fever The Epic MOBI #242 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 deadly epidemics so that work could continue The treatments they develop. 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 engineering came about Parker's book is very well written and does a fine job of explaining 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 explorers when Balboa was able to walk from ocean to ocean over the narrow isthmus of land there through the French efforts 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 its construction the death tolls were staggering Another plus of this book is that Parker avoids telling the story from solely the views of American white men; he takes a lot of his information from journals and stories left behind by workers from Jamaica and Barbados whose treatment as minorities was uneual to say the very least African American workers looking for work there were soon disillusioned as well Even though the people from the West Indies were lauded by the engineers as being the best workers their treatment was deplorable Parker also looks at the toll taken by diseases yellow fever malaria and how the US Government at first pooh poohed the efforts of Dr William C Gorgas later Surgeon General of the US in his advocating of the eradication of conditions that were conducive to the spread of these diseases The author's look at US intervention in Panamanian politics was eye opening as well Overall it was a fine book; a bit rushed toward the end but still uite good I would have liked to have read about the effects of the canal building effort on the environment but I suppose that's another volume unto itself Recommended for people who like a well written and easily accessible history; also for people who are interested in the topic Beware it's a weighty book but imho well worth every second spent reading it

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Panama Fever The Epic Story of One of the Greatest Human Achievements of All Time the Building of the Panama CanalThe building of The Epic Epub #226 the Panama Canal was one of the greatest engineering feats in human history A tale of exploration conuest money politics and medicine Panama Fever charts the challenges that marked the long labyrinthine road to the Panama Fever PDFEPUB or building of the canal Drawing on a wealth of new materials and sources Matthew Parker brings to life the men who. I started this book in a comfortable state of mind in a comfortable chair and in comfortable clothes I finished in a humid 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 the early 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 is everywhere It wasn't just any malady but Yellow Fever aka Blood Vomit The French simply couldn't fight it so the Yanks took over and eradicated the presence of the disease in Panama allowing the construction of the canal to take placeMatthew Parker's writing is engrossing Just when you think one person is successful they die or their family dies and we know everything has to start all over again Today we take the Panama Canal for granted but what a magnificent story Just read it with cool air and a can of DeetBook Season Summer yucky heat