Synopses & Reviews
This new edition offers particularly detailed examinations of the 1988 attempt to oust Manuel Noriega and Noriega's role in aiding the Nicaraguan Contras, as well as invaluable background information for understanding the 1989 crises. LaFeber argues that the interdependent, but turbulent, relationship between Panama and the United States continued into the 1980s with the U.S. using General Manuel Antonio Noriega to overthrow the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. U.S. officials in the Reagan administration also subordinated widespread knowledge of Noriega's drug trafficking in order to keep Panama in line with the U.S. policy towards Nicaragua. But by 1986, the United States both knew and demanded too much of Noriega, and the relationship finally began to fragment. LaFeber's updated volume remains the essential source for anyone who wants a complete picture of U.S.-Panama relations from Balboa to the present.
This newly updated edition of LaFeber's classic study of the evolution of U.S.-Panama relations includes two new chapters on the events that have occurred since 1978.
A superb treatment of the evolution of U.S.-Panama relations, Walter LaFeber's The Panama Canal
was praised by The Nation
as "a balanced, unemotional indictment of the history of the United States in Panama". History
hailed it as "the best overall synthesis of a vital theme in American diplomatic history," and The Atlantic Monthly
said there was "no better single source."
Now in this new edition, LaFeber brings his study up to date with two new chapters that cover U.S.-Panama relations since 1978, including the attempt to oust Manuel Noriega, and Noriega's role in aiding the Nicaraguan Contras. Essential for anyone who wants a complete picture of the canal debate from Balboa to the present, this new edition of the classic work on the subject is an important contribution to the discussion of the Panama issue today.
About the Author
is Noll Professor of History at Cornell University. He is the author of many books, including Inevitable Revolutions
, which won the Gustavus Myers Prize, and The New Empire
, which won the Beveridge Prize of the American Historical Association, as well as America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-1989
, and The American Age