Speak Softly… and Build a Big Ditch?

On August 15, 19Panama Canal_Viewing the locks14, the Panama Canal opened for business after a decade of construction and the deaths of countless workers (especially from malaria). Today, the canal sees thousands of ships pass through its gates a year, carrying a good chunk of the world’s exported goods.

Here are a few interesting resources on this modern engineering wonder:

Inside the Library:

The Canal Builders: Making America’s Empire at the Panama Canal by Julie Greene

Panama Fever: The Epic History of One of the Greatest Human Achievements of All Time – The Building of the Panama Canal by Matthew Parker

The Darkest Jungle: The True Story of the Darien Expedition and America’s Ill-Fated Race to Connect the Seas by Todd Balf

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough

A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama (video)

On the Web:

The Official Panama Canal Site

Wikipedia’s Panama Canal Entry

Panama Canal Museum

“From Ocean to Ocean: Through the Panama Canal” 1939 Video

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