dying to better themselves Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the building of the Panama Canal
7x10, 440 pages
212 illustrations, 8 maps
Publisher: UWI Press, Mona, Jamaica
  • Winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Literary Prize for Non-Fiction
  • Finalist for the Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (history category)

The epic story of the involvement of the tiny islands of the West Indies in providing the work force for the construction of the Panama Canal (1904-1914) and before that, the Panama Railroad (1850-1855), and the French attempt under de Lesseps to build the Panama Canal (1881-1889). Written by a West Indian, the book allows the voices of the participants to tell their stories alongside the official accounts.