Call Number: F1569.C2 P3 2011 In English
"On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling Americas emergence as a global superpower. American ingenuity and innovation had succeeded where, just a few years earlier, the French had failed disastrously. But the U.S. paid a price for victory: More than a decade of ceaseless, grinding toil, an outlay of more than 350 million dollars--the largest single federal expenditure in history to that time--and the loss of more than 5,000 lives. Along the way, Central America witnessed the brazen overthrow of a sovereign government, a revolutionary public health campaign, the backbreaking removal of hundreds of million of tons of earth, and the construction on a unprecedented scale."--Container.