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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a tense narrative that reads like a spy thriller, Buckley traces Manuel Noriega's ascension to power and his ties to the U.S. government. The book begins with an account of the murder of Noriega opponent Hugo Spadafora in 1985, which set in motion the chain of events culminating in Operation Just Cause in December 1989. Buckley raises questions about the invasion (``the single bloodiest event in Panama's history'') and suggests that very little benefit to either side was accomplished other than the ouster of Noriega. The author describes Noriega's daily life in the ``Dictator's Suite'' at the Metropolitan Correctional Center near Miami and explains how his ``long record of service'' to Washington is in large part responsible for the bizarre legal tangle that threatens to delay his trial indefinitely. A former Newsweek bureau chief in Saigon, Buckley presents a gripping account of Central American-style hubris in action and grievous foreign-policy bungling on the part of the Americans. (June)
Library Journal
The author, a former Newsweek correspondent, vividly describes events leading up to the ``Just Cause'' invasion of Panama by U.S. troops. His book covers the complexities of Panamanian political intrigues, the corruption, the political culture, the involvement of the United States with Manuel Noriega, and the interaction between Noriega and the major domestic and international actors from 1986 through January 1990. Using details and anecdotal information, Buckley fleshes out the motivations and actions of each character, maintaining throughout a sense of suspense and mystery, even for the specialist familiar with the events. Highly recommended for all libraries.-- Roderic A. Camp, Central Coll., Pella, Ia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671778767
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/15/1992
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,275,512
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters 11
Introduction: Panama City, September 1987 13
1 Friday the Thirteenth: September 1985 17
2 Casey, North, and Noriega: October 1985-June 1986 37
3 Mystical Guerrilla Warfare: June 1986-June 1987 55
4 The Long White Summer: June 1987-August 1987 78
5 Admiral Murphy Pays a Call: August 1987-December 1987 102
6 Indicted: January 1988-February 1988 114
7 Noriega Strikes Back: February 1988-May 1988 126
8 Bush, Noriega, and Friends: May 1988 146
9 Open Season on Americans: June 1988-December 1988 157
10 The Election: January 1989-May 1989 169
11 Find the Scapegoat: May 1989-September 1989 185
12 Bloody Fiasco: October 1-3, 1989 197
13 Corpses and Cover-ups: October 3-13, 1989 209
14 No Way Out: Early October to December 16, 1989 219
15 Pulling the Trigger: December 17, 1989-January 4, 1990 228
Epilogue 255
Chronology 267
Notes 269
Bibliography 290
Index 293
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