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The Path Between the Seas

The Path Between the Seas

by David McCullough

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 700 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A great story, admirably told in vivid, page-turning detail, this is the one book to read on the creation of the Panama Canal. (CAM32, $20.00)

Panama Wildlife Guide

Panama Wildlife Guide

by Rainforest Publications

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 14 PAGES

This handy 14-panel fold-up card features expert color illustrations of dozens of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. (PNM27, $7.95)

Tropical Nature

Tropical Nature

by Adrian Forsyth | Ken Miyata

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER
  • FAVORITE

Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests. (GPS13, $16.00)

National Geographic Panama

National Geographic Panama

by Christopher Baker

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Award-winning travel writer and photographer Christopher Baker introduces the history, nature and attractions of Panama, thoroughly illustrated in National Geographic's style. (PNM35, $22.95)

Panama Adventure Map

Panama Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2012
  • MAP

With natural areas, attractions and two inset maps of Panama City. 1:475,000. (PNM33, $11.95)

 
Panama Map

Panama Map


by ITMB

  • 2006
  • MAP

A full-color, double-sided map of Panama for the traveler at the detailed scale of 1:480,000. Printed on water- and tear-resistant plastic paper. (CAM25, $12.95)

Culture Smart! Panama

Culture Smart! Panama


by Heloise Crowther

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture is concise and well-illustrated. (PNM30, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Panama

Lonely Planet Panama


by Scott Doggett

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 348 PAGES

The usual comprehensive Lonely Planet treatment, with a good overview of the history, culture and nature of Panama along with regional maps and excellent detail on where to go, sleep and eat. (PNM12, $24.99)

Panama Canal by Cruise Ship

Panama Canal by Cruise Ship


by Anne Vipond

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This outstanding guide to the Panama Canal and popular ports of call in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America features a mile-by-mile guide to the transit, a history of the building of the canal and a detailed pullout map. (PNM13, $21.95)

A Brief History of Central America

A Brief History of Central America


by Hector Perez-Brignoll

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 223 PAGES

A good overview of the region's economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise. (CAM49, $29.95)

How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal

How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal


by Ovidio Diaz Espino

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

An intriguing look into the treachery, behind-the-scenes financial wrangling and Roosevelt-era dollar diplomacy that resulted in both the Panama Canal and the establishment of Panama as an independent nation. (PNM23, $16.95)

Portrait of the Panama Canal, from Construction to the Twenty-First Century

Portrait of the Panama Canal, from Construction to the Twenty-First Century


by William Friar

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Featuring 60 color and 10 archival images, this photo-essay includes contemporary and archival photographs of the Panama Canal as well as a short history. (CAM54, $17.95)

The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs

The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs


by Ulrich Keller

  • HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 111 PAGES

These archival photographs tell the story of the people who built the Panama Canal, the engineers who designed it and the changes wrought on the landscape through its construction. (CAM41, $14.95)

Cruising Panama's Canal

Cruising Panama's Canal


by Al Lockwood | Sunny Lockwood

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

For travelers who may be veterans of life but first time cruisers, Al and Sunny Lockwood -- a pair of intrepid retiree travelers -- lovingly documented their 17-day cruise through the Panama Canal. (PNM52, $14.99)

The Tailor of Panama

The Tailor of Panama


by John Le Carre

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Set in Panama, this thriller by master storyteller John Le Carre includes spymasters, corrupt officials, arms manufacturers and other unsavory types. (CAM51, $7.99)

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America


by David Rains Wallace

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource. (CAM56, $18.95)

The Tapir's Morning Bath

The Tapir's Morning Bath


by Elizabeth Royte

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An engaging account of ecological research and ecologists at Barro Colorado Island, the Smithsonian Institution's Tropical Research Station in Panama. (AMZ74, $18.95)

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life

Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life


by Paul Humann

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water. (DIV02, $14.95)

The Birds of Panama

The Birds of Panama


by Robert Dean | George R. Angehr

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Created for the field, with range maps, illustrations and descriptions on facing pages. (PNM46, $35.00)

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