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Getting to Know the General I ve been reading quite a few books by Graham Greene over the past few years Getting to Know the General The Story of an Involvement was one of his later books and the 3rd book of non fiction of his that I ve read It is about General Omar Torrijos Herrera, the leader of Panama in the 70s, who was killed in a plane crash in 1981 Greene was invited to Panama to meet him, in 1976 and the two became friends over the next years As well, it is also a book about Torrijos, friend and confidante, C I ve been reading quite a few books by Graham Greene over the past few years Getting to Know the General The Story of an Involvement was one of his later books and the 3rd book of non fiction of his that I ve read It is about General Omar Torrijos Herrera, the leader of Panama in the 70s, who was killed in a plane crash in 1981 Greene was invited to Panama to meet him, in 1976 and the two became friends over the next years As well, it is also a book about Torrijos, friend and confidante, Chucho, who is the go between and constant companion of Greene on his visits to Panama Greene has a wonderful way of telling stories, whether fiction or non fiction You can feel the I found this story Getting to Know the General by Graham Greene quite interesting andso because I was living and working in Panama when the events were happening So, I have a little story of my encounter with General Omar Torrijos Herrera one bright sunny tropical day while going to pick up a visitor who was coming to inspect an automated inventory system I was installing in our operation of the Army and Air Force Exchange Panama but it really sets the whole tone of what happen during I found this story Getting to Know the General by Graham Greene quite interesting andso because I was living and working in Panama when the events were happening So, I have a little story of my encounter with General Omar Torrijos Herrera one bright sunny tropical day while going to pick up a visitor who was coming to inspect an automated inventory system I was installing in our operation of the Army and Air Force Exchange Panama but it really sets the whole tone of what happen during Mr Henley s visit So, here goesthe day I had my close encounter with General Omar Torrijos Herrera.First a little bit of history about the General General Omar I think Graham Greene was 80 when this book was published Early on, maybe in the introduction, he says that the book isabout getting to know Omar Torrijos s security guard, the improbably named Chuchu, than it was about getting to know the general himself Though Chuchu and Torrijos are invariably charming, i I wrote a letter to Graham Greene in my head I ll be waiting forever to send it. I was a young kid when I read this book okay 25 and what I thought was Greene was such a rebel He gets an invitation to visit General Omar Torrijos of Panama in 1976 and gets to know him This gets him kicked out of the U.S and treads on dangerous 19761976 Greene S Account Of A Five Year Personal Involvement With Omar Torrijos, Ruler Of Panama From 1968 81 And Sergeant Chuchu, One Of The Few Men In The National Guard Whom The General Trusted Completely It Is A Fascinating Tribute To An Inspirational Politician In The Vital Period Of His Country S History, And To An Unusual And Enduring Friendship. Fear can be easily experienced, but fun is hard to come by in old age For anyone interested in the politics of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, which of course also requires an interest in the US intervention in the isthmus that intensified during the later stages of the Cold War, this book provides fascinating insights into some of the key personalities involved Of course, apart from Greene himself whose knowledge of the region grows with his friendship with the general , we mainly find ourselves getting to know Omar Torrijos, and his political amanuensi For anyone interested in the politics of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, which of course also requires an interest in the US intervention in the isthmus that intensified during the later stages of the Cold War, this book provides fascinating insights into some of the key personalities involved Of course, apart from Greene himself whose knowledge of the region grows with his friendship with the general , we mainly find ourselves getting to know Omar Torrijos, and his political amanuensis and bodyguard, Chuchu Simply as a travelogue the book works because of the personalities the quirky and enigmatic Torrijos, the ever willing and slightly crazy Chuchu, and the pliable, curious Graham Greene, happy to be pushed into various political roles and literally to enjoy the ride as he gets dispatched to various parts


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