"Getting to Know Panama" fills a need for those who come to Panama as visitors or residents. Panamanians also, will find out how much they didn't know about their own country. Autor Michèle Labrut, a Frenchwoman, was particularly well-equipped to compile this treasure-trove of information. She is a long-time resident, a journalist, and correspondent for Time, Magazine, NBC News and other international publications. "Getting to Know Panama" reflects her deep fascination for the country's history, culture, modern vitality as a center of commerce, and the abiding beauty of its islands, beaches, mountains and jungles. She guides the reader on many a hinterland trek and caters to the seekers of adventure as well as the naturalists who are discovering the vastness and variety of Panama's unspoilt ecosystems.