God's Favorite: A Novel

Front Cover
Simon & Schuster, Jul 17, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
3 Reviews
In this fascinating work of historical fiction, Pulitzer Prize -- winning author Lawrence Wright captures all the gripping drama and black humor of Panama during the final, nerve-racking days of its legendary dictator, Manuel Antonio Noriega.

It is Christmas 1989, and Tony Noriega's demons are finally beginning to catch up with him. A former friend of President Bush, Fidel Castro, and Oliver North, this universally reviled strongman is on the run from the U.S. Congress, the Justice Department, the Colombian mob, and a host of political rivals. In his desperation, he seeks salvation from any and all quarters -- God, Satan, a voodoo priest, even the spirits of his murdered enemies. But with a million-dollar price on his head and 20,000 American soldiers on his trail, Noriega is fast running out of options.

Drawn from a historical record more dramatic than even the most artful spy novel, God's Favorite is a riveting and darkly comic fictional account of the events that occurred in Panama from 1985 to the dictator's capture in 1989. With an award-winning journalist's eye for detail, Lawrence Wright leads the reader toward a dramatic face-off in the Vatican embassy, where Noriega confronts his psychological match in the papal nuncio.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: God's Favorite

User Review  - Chelsea Ursaner - Goodreads

Funny, philosophical, and somewhat educational. Doesn't really matter to me that the book 'does not pretend to be a historical account' of Noriega and the Panamanian revolutions. The fictionalized characters were fun. Read full review

Review: God's Favorite

User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

In the first few pages there are very descriptive deaths by rape and other torture. I decided I did not want to continue as a scan ahead showed more of the same. Read full review

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of six works of nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, he lives in Austin, Texas.

Bibliographic information