America's Prisoner: The Memoirs of Manuel Noriega

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Random House, 1997 - Fiction - 293 pages
Manuel Noriega is the only American prisoner of war. He may be a demon in the eyes of most Americans, but he has a unique and alarming view of the secrets behind U.S. relations with Panama and the real reasons for the 1989 invasion that removed him from power. In this memoir, certain to be one of the most newsworthy and controversial of the year, Noriega describes for the first time his backstage dealings with George Bush, Oliver North, William Casey and the CIA, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro and Moammar Gahdafi. But this is more than a deposed strongman's tell-all that some might find hard to believe. Noriega's story was investigated independently by Peter Eisner, a top foreign correspondent who has written about Latin America for twenty years and covered Noriega's fall for Newsday. Eisner's reporting finds support for some of Noriega's assertions and provides additional perspective for others, in his conduct as head of Panama's military, his secret dealings with Cuba on behalf of the CIA, his relations with key U.S. officials, and the unconscionable damage inflicted upon the people of Panama by the U.S. invasion. Moreover, Eisner raises new questions about the allegations that Noriega was a drug dealer and a murderer. In fact, he concludes Noriega is not guilty of these charges. And then there is Noriega himself, a surprisingly savvy military man who saw himself as a nationalist, an honest broker between his allies in U.S. intelligence and his neighboring Latin American leaders. As Noriega tells it, his problems began when he began to resist the Reagan administration's efforts to fight communism in Central America. America's Prisoner is one of the most unusual and important accounts everwritten about U.S. aggression and duplicity. It is the story of how we have imprisoned a man - and a nation.

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General Noriega, the Panamanian leader the Bush administration captured and put on trial after invading the country in December 1989, provides his own account from federal prison of the events leading ... Read full review


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General Manuel Noriega was Panama's head of state until the 1989 United States invasion. He is currently imprisoned at the Federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Miami, appealing a 1992 conviction.

Peter Eisner has been a foreign correspondent since 1979 for the Associated Press, Newsday and other publications. He was winner of the 1991 Inter American Press Association Bartolome Mitre Award for his reporting on drug trafficking.

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