Emperors in the Jungle

Written by FOR staffer John Lindsay-Poland, this 2003 title is an exposé of U.S. military involvement in Panama.

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Investigative journalism at its best, it reveals how U.S. ideas about taming tropical jungles and people, combined with commercial and military objectives, shaped more than a century of intervention in a small, strategically located nation. From the U.S. Army’s secret chemical weapons tests in Panama, to the 1989 invasion (the U.S. military’s 20th intervention in Panama since 1856), to the human and environmental toll of the massive canal building project, to plans in the 1960s to use nuclear blasts to create a second canal in Panama, Lindsay-Poland details the hidden history of US/Panama relations.

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