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Description - Emperors in the Jungle by John Lindsay-Poland

"Emperors in the Jungle" reveals key episodes in the United States' military involvement in Panama. It shows how US ideas about taming tropical jungles and people, combined with commercial and defence objectives, shaped more than a century of intervention and environmental engineering in a small, strategically located nation. Whether uncovering the US Army's decades-long programme of chemical weapons tests in Panama or recounting the US invasion in December, 1989, which was the US military's 20th intervention in Panama since 1856, John Lindsay-Poland vividly portrays the extent and costs of US involvement. Analysing new evidence gathered through interviews, archival research, and Freedom of Information Act requests, Lindsay-Poland discloses the hidden history of US-Panama relations, including the human and environmental toll of the massive canal building project from 1904 to 1914. He describes secret chemical weapons tests - of toxins including nerve agent and Agent Orange - 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 United States' antidrug 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 US 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822330981
ISBN-10: 0822330989
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 11-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Lindsay-Poland

John Lindsay-Poland is Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation's Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a coauthor of Inside Panama: The Essential Guide to its Politics, Economy, Society, and Environment. He was the editor of and staff writer for the quarterly Panama Update and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, NACLA Report on the Americas, The Progressive, Covert Action Quarterly, and Fellowship, among other publications.