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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Greene Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Panama Canal has long been celebrated as a triumph of American engineering and ingenuity. In The Canal Builders, Julie Greene reveals that this emphasis has obscured a far more remarkable element of the historic enterprise: the tens of thousands of working men and women who traveled from all around the world to build it. Greene looks past the mythology surrounding the canal to expose the difficult working conditions and discriminatory policies involved in its construction. Drawing extensively on letters, memoirs, and government documents, the book chronicles both the struggles and the triumphs of the workers and their fami­lies. Prodigiously researched and vividly told, The Canal Builders explores the human dimensions of one of the world’s greatest labor mobilizations, and reveals how it launched America’s twentieth-century empire. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A telling portrait of exploitation, privilege, and insularity, backed by a mountain of fresh research.”

    New York Times

  • “Like preceding chronicles of the construction of the Panama Canal, Greene’s account focuses on its feats of engineering, but in this case, social engineering.”

    Booklist

  • “A compelling story of imperial ambition, class conflict, racial injustice, and the ordinary men and women who remade the map of the world.”

    Kevin Boyle, author of Arc of Justice

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Nichols | 10/3/2011

    " Great social history of the people who actually did the physical labor and those who supported them. This is an excellent and very readable book,with an Epilogue that gives a brief history of the Canal since its completion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie C | 1/19/2011

    " very interesting for a non fiction- a little long and drawn out and lots of detail "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anne | 8/26/2010

    " Beautifully written, fascinating social history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie | 7/5/2010

    " very interesting for a non fiction- a little long and drawn out and lots of detail "

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About the Author

Julie Greene is a professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park and the author of Pure and Simple Politics: The American Federation of Labor and Political Activism, 1881–1917. Educated at the universities of Michigan, Cambridge, and Yale, Greene has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.