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Patrick Donegan, the fictionalized protagonist of Donegan and the Panama Canal, conspires with two lobbyists—the American William Nelson Cromwell and the Frenchman Philippe Bunau-Varilla—to build a canal in Panama in 1903. Donegan endures fierce storms, volcanoes and earthquakes when he promotes a Panama Canal in Tierra del Fuego, Nicaragua, Cuba, Martinique, and Panama. He persuades President Theodore Roosevelt and Congress to reject the Nicaragua Canal site that most Americans preferred. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Senator Mark Hanna, Senator John Tyler Morgan, and Secretary of State John Hay are important characters in this historical novel.read more