From the publisher:
Panama was less than 50 miles wide, yet difficult to bridge by canal — its swamps were disease-ridden, its mountainous rain forest challenged the most brilliant engineers, and its oppressive heat exhausted the hardiest workers. Engineers found ways to cut through the forest, medical visionaries conquered the diseases, and workers endured the jungle. Yet there were also broken treaties, political tyranny, and the tragedy of thousands of West Indian workers forced to live in awful, segregated conditions.
When structures are already built, it’s hard to imagine the difficulty in completing it. We know the result, we know their efforts worked – but what went into building the Panama Canal?