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Emperors in the Jungle is an exposandeacute; of key episodes in the military involvement of the United States in Panama. Investigative journalism at its best, this book reveals how U.S. ideas about taming tropical jungles and people, combined with commercial and military objectives, shaped more than a century of intervention and environmental engineering in a small, strategically located nation. Whether uncovering the U.S. Armyandrsquo;s decades-long program of chemical weapons tests in Panama or recounting the invasion in December 1989 which was the U.S. militaryandrsquo;s twentieth intervention in Panama since 1856, John Lindsay-Poland vividly portrays the extent and costs of U.S. involvement.

Analyzing new evidence gathered through interviews, archival research, and Freedom of Information Act requests, Lindsay-Poland discloses the hidden history of U.S.andndash;Panama relations, including the human and environmental toll of the massive canal building project from 1904 to 1914. In stunning detail he describes secret chemical weapons testsandmdash;of toxins including nerve agent and Agent Orangeandmdash;as well as plans developed in the 1960s to use nuclear blasts to create a second canal in Panama.

He chronicles sustained efforts by Panamanians and international environmental groups to hold the United States responsible for the disposal of the tens of thousands of explosives it left undetonated on the land it turned over to Panama in 1999. In the context of a relationship increasingly driven by the U.S. antidrug campaigns, Lindsay-Poland reports on the myriad issues that surrounded Panamaandrsquo;s takeover of the canal in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty, and he assesses the future prospects for the Panamanian people, land, and canal area. Bringing to light historical legacies unknown to most U.S. citizens or even to many Panamanians, Emperors in the Jungle is a major contribution toward a new, more open relationship between Panama and the United States.

Synopsis:

Investigative journalism at its best, this book reveals how American ideas about taming tropical jungles and people, combined with commercial and defense objectives, shaped more than a century of intervention in Panama. 17 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Focuses on environmental, policy, and human rights dimensions of the activities of the U.S. military in Panama, analyzing the guiding mythologies and racial stereotypes behind the US's colonialism in the region.

Synopsis:

He chronicles sustained efforts by Panamanians and international environmental groups to hold the United States responsible for the disposal of the tens of thousands of explosives it left undetonated on the land it turned over to Panama in 1999. In the context of a relationship increasingly driven by the United States' anti-drug campaigns, Lindsay-Poland reports on the myriad issues that surrounded Panama's takeover of the canal in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty, and he assesses the future prospects for the Panamanian people, land, and canal area. Bringing to light historical legacies unknown to most U.S. citizens or even to many Panamanians, "Emperors in the Jungle" is a major contribution toward a new, more open relationship between Panama and the United States.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-251) and index.

About the Author

“John Lindsay-Poland´s book Emperors in the Jungle should be read by all Americans who do not understand why the U.S. has a serious image problem overseas and how the Department of Defense weakens U.S. policy. My experience is that the U.S. military becomes arrogant, hypocritical and unwilling to comply with treaty commitments when there is a budgetary cost involved, even if it means like in Panama, leaving behind threats to human life, health and safety.”— Fernando Manfredo Jr.,  former Panama Canal Treaty negotiator and co-Chairman of the Panama-U.S. Working Group for the removal of the hazards in the U.S. military ranges in Panama.
“[John Lindsay-Poland] tells us of ill-known truths and badly understood realities and thus helps prevent useless hatreds between two peoples who share so much common history. Panamanians must aspire to be universal if we want to survive as a people and as a nation in a globalized world, but we can only achieve that if we are authentic. On that path toward ourselves, John Lindsay-Poland has been and will be a welcome friend.”— Guillermo Castro, Panamanian sociologist, from the afterword
Emperors in the Jungle stands out as a most valuable contribution to understandings of the complex relationship between the United States and a tiny neighbor. It is one of the best available examples of Thucydides’s dictum that large nations do what they want, and small nations accept what they must, yet at the same time a reminder that small nations are not without power—after all is said and done, Panama now owns its canal.”—Lars Schoultz, author of Beneath the United States: A History of U.S. Policy toward Latin America
”John Lindsay-Poland has dedicated himself to issues of human rights and justice for Panamanians. His tireless efforts continue to motivate people and shed needed light on the truths he discovers. Emperors in the Jungle is a timeless look at the real dimensions of U.S. foreign policy.”—Barbara Trent, director of the Academy Award®-winning documentary, The Panama Deception

Table of Contents

A platform for control : interventions and army doctors, 1856-1925 — "Test tube island" — The nuclear canal — Playing the drug card — The politics of environmental cover-up — Market mania — Continuity and change in the military's vision — Afterword : knowing ourselves : exhortation to read a friendly text / by Guillermo Castro H.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822330981
Author:
Lindsay-poland, John
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Gilbert M. Joseph
Author:
Lindsay-Poland, John
Author:
Castro, Guillermo
Author:
Rosenberg, Emily S.
Author:
Lindsay-Poland
Author:
Joseph, Gilbert M.
Location:
Durham N.C.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Panama
Subject:
Panama canal
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
United States Foreign relations Panama.
Subject:
Panama Foreign relations United States.
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Series Volume:
vol.14, no.4(G)
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 illustrations
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Latin America » Panama
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America

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Product details 280 pages Duke University Press - English 9780822330981 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Investigative journalism at its best, this book reveals how American ideas about taming tropical jungles and people, combined with commercial and defense objectives, shaped more than a century of intervention in Panama. 17 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Focuses on environmental, policy, and human rights dimensions of the activities of the U.S. military in Panama, analyzing the guiding mythologies and racial stereotypes behind the US's colonialism in the region.
"Synopsis" by , He chronicles sustained efforts by Panamanians and international environmental groups to hold the United States responsible for the disposal of the tens of thousands of explosives it left undetonated on the land it turned over to Panama in 1999. In the context of a relationship increasingly driven by the United States' anti-drug campaigns, Lindsay-Poland reports on the myriad issues that surrounded Panama's takeover of the canal in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal Treaty, and he assesses the future prospects for the Panamanian people, land, and canal area. Bringing to light historical legacies unknown to most U.S. citizens or even to many Panamanians, "Emperors in the Jungle" is a major contribution toward a new, more open relationship between Panama and the United States.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-251) and index.
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