logo: Matthew Parker: Panama Fever
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To build a canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was a heroic dream that spanned four centuries. The human cost was immense: in appalling working conditions, tens of thousands perished fighting the jungle, swamps and mountains of Panama.

It is a story of imperialism, technology, politics, finance, press manipulation, scandal and intrigue, populated by a dazzling cast of idealists and bullies, heroes and conmen. Hell's Gorge also tells the stories of the ordinary men and women who worked on the canal, evoking everyday life on the construction and depicting the battle on the ground deep in ‘Hell’s Gorge’. At last, a hundred years ago in August 2014, Panama was conquered and the canal opened to traffic.

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