Title: Getting to Know the General
Author: Graham Greene
Page Count/Review Word Count: 192
This is another great example of the type of book that just doesn’t get written anymore – you just couldn’t make it up, “the story of an involvement” when Greene visited Panama and got to know General Omar Torrijos Herrera, the former dictator of the country.
And so, like several of Greene’s other works, the book is rooted in the past, and it stands out like a snapshot in time against some of the less literary works of the same era. Whether you’re a student of the history of the world or not, there aren’t many better ways to spend your time than to learn more about the events of the 20th century from the pen of Graham Greene.
Interestingly, I knew very little about either the General or his dictatorship, and so I heard all about him and his character from this book – I found myself almost admiring the man, and I’m pretty sure that that was what Greene’s goal was all along. A thankless task, in some ways.