God's Favorite: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, 2000 - Fiction - 350 pages
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In this fascinating work of historical fiction, award-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, Tony Noriega 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 a 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.

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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

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User Review  - Ariel - Goodreads

I have read two of Wright's non-fiction books and was excited to try out this piece of historical fiction. Wright has a lot of credibility -- if accuracy were measured by the quantity of endnotes ... Read full review


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Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of five books, including Remembering Satan, based on an article that won the National Magazine Award for reporting and the John Bartlow Martin Award for public interest magazine journalism. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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