I Took Panama: The Story of Philippe Bunau-Varilla

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Short novel based on the true story of a Frenchman who "invented" a country so the Panama Canal could be completed. More

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About Rodolfo Leitón

I live in San José, Costa Rica, and like reading biographies, old science fiction and short novels. Also enjoy saltwater fly fishing and the great challenge of trying to train our indomitable Jack Russell Terrier, Benito. I work on the consumer goods industry, and write during nights and weekends. "I Took Panama: The Story of Philippe Bunau-Varilla" is my first novel, and it was translated into English by Nikki Settelmeyer.

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Review by: Scott Skipper on March 27, 2013 :
A feisty little French engineer named Philippe Bunau-Varilla inspired by the enormous success and prestige derived from the recently completed Suez Canal, became obsessed with the building of the Panama Canal. Obsessed to the point of fomenting the Panamanian rebellion against Columbia and financing it with his personal fortune—a fortune made in the failed attempt by France to dig the canal. This examination of the building of the canal is seen from a unique point of view. Bunau-Varilla's audacity, determination and ingenuity is a lesson in perseverance, without which the Panama Canal could very well have been German. Consider the ramifications of that!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Scott Skipper on March 27, 2013 :
A feisty little French engineer named Philippe Bunau-Varilla inspired by the enormous success and prestige derived from the recently completed Suez Canal, became obsessed with the building of the Panama Canal. Obsessed to the point of fomenting the Panamanian rebellion against Columbia and financing it with his personal fortune—a fortune made in the failed attempt by France to dig the canal. This examination of the building of the canal is seen from a unique point of view. Bunau-Varilla's audacity, determination and ingenuity is a lesson in perseverance, without which the Panama Canal could very well have been German. Consider the ramifications of that!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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