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Panama Fever: The Epic Story of the Building of the Panama Canal

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William Dufris

17 Hours 40 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

March 2008

Audio Book Summary

The building of the Panama Canal was one of the greatest engineering feats in human history. A tale of exploration, conquest, 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 recognized the impact a canal would have on global politics and economics, and adds new depth to the familiar story of Teddy Roosevelt's remarkable triumph in making the waterway a reality. As 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 developed changed the course of medical history. The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 spelled the end 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 power.

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  • G B.

    It’s a fantastic story and narration

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  • Tom Clayton

    This is one of the best books I have EVER read (that is, listened to)! The history of the Panama Canal fascinates me. David McCullough is a spectacular story teller and his book, "The Path Between the Seas" is good, but overall Matthew Parker's book is better. It has more details and gives a broader picture of what went on, including the political battles and other intrigue, with a writing style that is always clear. You get a sense of being there. The narrator took a little getting used to at first, but only because Nelson Runger was my favorite (he died recently at age 81); William Dufris has just the right approach; lively and always easy to listen to. has the best business model AND customer service; customers do not have to pay outrageous amounts of money to listen to books that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive.

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