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The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (Penguin History of American Life)

 
 
 
 
The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (Penguin History of American Life)
Author: Julie Greene
ISBN 13: 9780143116783
ISBN 10: 143116789
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2010-03-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
List Price: $20.00
 
 

This groundbreaking history of the Panama Canal offers a revelatory workers'-eye view of the momentous undertaking and shows how it launched the American century.

The New York Times - David Oshinsky

Less interested in the now fabled engineering feats of the project, [Greene] instead emphasizes the human dimension—the daily lives of the thousands of workers and family members who journeyed to the Canal Zone from all parts of the world seeking adventure, better wages or simply a fresh start…The real strength of The Canal Builders lies not in floating big theories, but in recreating forgotten lives. It is history from the bottom up, and it speaks for 60,000 anonymous people who helped build what President Theodore Roosevelt grandiosely called "the greatest work of the kind ever attempted."