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In a true account that reads like a thriller, investigative journalist Dinges reveals the secret history of the rise and fall of Manuel Antonio Noriega. "One of the best analyses of American foreign policy failures in Panama".--The New Republic. 8 pages of photographs.
Paperback, 412 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Three Rivers Press (first published February 24th 1990)
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Lance Karlson
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly detailed and well-researched investigation into Manuel Noriega's sordid affairs with the United States. He was a man who played the US, the Cubans and the Medellin Cartel at the same time, blackmailing and scheming his way to power. Yet it was the United States who ultimately created his success and funded him through the CIA.
This book became a significant contribution to my research for my novel, The Noriega Tapes. Thanks John for this work, for your feedback and support.
Gregory
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I happened to pick up John Dinges' Our Man in Panama, a 1990 book about Manuel Noriega's rise to power. The invasion itself is mentioned only briefly at the end, which was fine with me. What's more interesting is how the situation developed.

It is a reminder of how weird that invasion was. The U.S. government was split any number of ways about Noriega and only toward the very end did anyone consider him an "enemy." Even then, many still didn't. For the
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I am a journalist who writes mostly about Latin America, dictators, intelligence agencies (usually secret ones) and human rights. I have a previous career as a theologian--not incompatible with journalism. I am the Godfrey Lowell Cabot professor of international journalism at Columbia University. Previously I worked for the Washington Post and NPR (as foreign editor and managing editor at the latt ...more