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How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal

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This book tells a previously untold story of decades of financial speculation, fraud, and international conspiracy that led to the creation of the Panama Canal. The author meticulously details the dark alliance — among a French company; Teddy Roosevelt with his gunboat diplomacy; and a secretive syndicate of Wall Street financiers — that masterminded a coup in Colombia and the secession of Panama in 1903. Panama then welcomed the canal building, and the U.S. foreign policy precedent was set for the 20th century....
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How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal

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This book tells a previously untold story of decades of financial speculation, fraud, and international conspiracy that led to the creation of the Panama Canal. The author meticulously details the dark alliance — among a French company; Teddy Roosevelt with his gunboat diplomacy; and a secretive syndicate of Wall Street financiers — that masterminded a coup in Colombia and the secession of Panama in 1903. Panama then welcomed the canal building, and the U.S. foreign policy precedent was set for the 20th century. How Wall Street Created a Nation includes historical photographs and is a fascinating telling of this scandalous true story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568582665
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/10/2003
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 490,353
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ovidio Diaz Espino was born in Panama. He holds a degree in political sciences from UCLA, a master in international laws from Cambridge University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a lawyer in several prestigious Wall Street firms, including JP Morgan & Co. As an expert on Panama, he has appeared in History Channel and PBS documentaries, has been interviewed in CNN and other television stations, and his articles have been published in several newspapers, magazines and books in the U.S. He lives between Panama and New York City.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Major Characters xiii
Chronology of Events xvii
Map xix
1 Scandal 1
2 Wall Street Faces Congress 9
3 Colombia's Gamble 35
4 Panamanian Cohorts 49
5 Teddy's Conspiracy 65
6 Seducing the Patriots 83
7 Hamlet Revolution 97
8 Birthday of Bribery 119
9 Treachery 133
10 The Rape of the Isthmus 151
11 Who Got the Money? 169
Epilogue: A Chapter of Dishonor 197
Notes 205
Bibliography 227
Index 237
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