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This book thoroughly refutes “The Panama Deception” besides being the most complete history of modern Panama. It covers the Canal Zone, the Panama Canal and Panama and the relations between the United States and its protectorate Panama from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s. This is a particularly turbulent era for Panama and the Panama Canal spanning the coup against Arnulfo Arias, the period of dictators Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega, the drug trade, the Panama Canal treaties, and the American invasion ordered by President George Bush, Sr., in December 1989. It involves major foreign policy triumphs and disasters of presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush, Sr. What sets apart this volume from the commercial books that appeared right after the invasion is not only its massive level of information (a thousand pages and thousands of references), but the use it makes of archival and journalistic sources about Panama and the invasion which became available in the five years following the invasion. These sources (military debriefings, trial proceedings in Miami and Panama on the Noriega case and those of many dictatorship collaborators, details of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International debacle, the absurd levels of foreign debt, the involvement of the World Bank, autobiographies of major players like George Shultz's, journalistic works by Bob Woodward, Seymour Hersh and Public Broadcasting Service) were simply not available to the authors of most books on Panama published before the mid-1990s. Author Luis E. Murillo, a well known writer in Panama and university professor and researcher in the United States, has made full use of recently uncovered and public information, presenting it in a well organized and coherent narrative which is at the same time erudite and easy to follow. This book draws on interviews with important witnesses, fact-finding trips, Freedom-of-Information-Act classified documents, academic treatises, World Bank debt tables, Inter-American Development Bank reports, over 150 books, congressional hearings, and 3,000 media reports. It pays attention not only to American, but to Panamanian, Colombian, and European press accounts as well. The book includes verbatim, as an appendix, the Miami indictment against General Manuel Noriega (a major historical document) and 46 chapters, 8 appendices, 72 photographs, and 3 maps. Among the periodicals cited are The Miami Herald, La Prensa, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Congressional Record, Quiubo, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, La Nacion, Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, El Pais, El Tiempo, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Harper's, Life, The Journal of Commerce, The American Lawyer, Business Week, Time, The Economist. The maps and photographs cover Panama, Panama Canal Zone, Panama City, Contadora Island, General Manuel Noriega, General Omar Torrijos, Arnulfo Arias, Ruben Miro, Hector Gallego, Marcos McGrath, Panama Canal Treaties signing ceremony with Jimmy Carter, Ruben Dario Paredes, General John Galvin, Aristides Royo, Ricardo de la Espriella, Ricardo Arias Calderon, Nicolas Ardito Barletta, Guillermo Endara, George Bush, Hugo Spadafora, Carmelo Spadafora, Roberto Eisenmann, Guillermo Sanchez Borbon, Miguel Antonio Bernal, Omaira Mayin Correa, Roberto Diaz Herrera, Jesse Helms, Deborah DeMoss, Eric Arturo Delvalle, Jose Isabel Blandon, Alfonse D'Amato, Manuel Solis Palma, Guillermo Ford, Dick Cheney, Jose Sebastian Laboa, Eduardo Herrera, Nivaldo Madrinan, Luis Papo Cordoba.
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Monumental... the definitive and indispensable history of modern Panama ... Murillo places special attention on the period spanning 1968 to 1990 and there is no detail that escapes his pen. All is here; narrated straightforwardly but with encyclopedic coverage... More than 100 pages of footnotes which are a treasure... Similarly, the eight appendices contain information impossible to obtain in other sources for many readers. The first appendix, for example, reproduces in its entirety the official Miami indictment against Noriega... List of Southcom commanders, U.S. ambassadors, Panama presidents...
-- Betty Brannan, reporting from Washington for La Prensa, the largest daily in Panama
“I consumed it with much interest and gained great instruction from it...”
-- John le Carré, British novelist, author of The Tailor of Panama
“I found much I didn’t know and nothing I could dispute...”
-- R. M. Koster, coauthor of In the Time of the Tyrants, expert witness on the Noriega problem in the U.S. Congress
“Accurate, well researched, the best up-to-date source on Panama and the Canal...”
-- Dr. Miguel Antonio Bernal, professor, Florida State University Panama Canal Campus
“The 1096 page long tome by Luis Murillo "The Noriega Mess" is a fascinating read (it could be an action movie, I think) and packed with information of all kinds -very well researched...”
-- T. White, biologist, Zoneten.com
“For the real history of Panama, as told by Panamanians that spent more time in Panama than Trent and the ‘Panama Deception producers’, I recommend (Both available from amazon.com): ‘In the Time of the Tyrants’ by R. Koster and G. Sanchez, W.W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-02696-5, 1990 and ‘The Noriega Mess’ by L. Murillo , VideoBooks, ISBN 0-923444-02-5, 1995”
-- Comment on the Oscar winning documentary “The Panama Deception”, Amazon client
“I believe this book is a MUST READ for anyone living in the country. Chiriqui Province is included in much of the text, which is supported by a large Appendix in the back, to verify the facts and offer additional resources to the reader. I now feel that I have a complete knowledge of the recent history of the country, and am so proud of my new home. It has struggled much, and it has survived to be a place of beauty and tranquility today. Reading this will cause the reader to be patient and understanding of this country in transition...”
-- Recommending “The Noriega Mess” – Boquete Community Forums
“Indispensable for the serious Panama scholar...”
-- Brittmarie Janson Perez, PhD, University of Texas, author of doctoral thesis and books on Panama
“I bought it from Amazon and couldn't put it down. It wasn't the kind of book I would have normally purchased, but I'm glad I did. Very well written.”
-- Recommending “The Noriega Mess” – Boquete Community Forums
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