Prize Possession by John Major
The United States Government and the Panama Canal 1903-1979

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Prize Possession is a comprehensive history of U.S. policy toward the Panama Canal between 1903 and 1979, focusing on five key themes: the Canal's defense and its place in American strategy; the Zone's autocratic system of government; its strictly segregated labor force; its commercial development at the expense of Panama; and the equally controversial issue of U.S. intervention in Panamanian politics. The book is based for the most part on the hitherto largely untapped sources of U.S. government agencies, namely the State, War, and Navy Departments, and the Canal Zone administration, as well as on the papers of notable dramatis personae such as Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Philippe Bunau-Varilla.

About John Major

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John Major was born and brought up in South London. After leaving school at sixteen he went on to win the Lambeth seat for the Conservative party in 1968. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Huntingdon between 1979 and 2001 and served in the Cabinet from 1987 to 1990. He was Prime Minister between 1990 and 1997. He was awarded the Companion of Honour in 1999, and became a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in 2005. Since leaving office he has taken up business and charitable appointments.
Published November 26, 1993 by Cambridge University Press. 454 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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