|Pages/Publication Date:||448 / 2019|
The longest road in the world, the Pan-American Highway is the result of a century's worth of diplomacy and investment, scandal and sweat. The highway's history, however, has long remained a mystery, a story scattered among government archives, private papers, and fading memories. In contrast to the Panama Canal and its vast literature, the Pan-American Highway—the United States' other great 20th-century hemispheric infrastructure project—has been effectively erased from the story of the American Century. Here Eric Rutkow uncovers this saga, and traces how an ambitious goodwill project became a monument to the ongoing mistrust between the two continents.