The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King

  • ISBN-13: 9781250033314
  • Author: Rich Cohen
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 2013-06-04
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288
  • $14.41
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When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in the grandest house in New Orleans sixty-nine years later, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. In between, he worked as a fruit peddler, banana hauler, dockside hustler, and plantation owner. He battled and conquered the United Fruit Company, becoming a symbol of the best and worst of the United States: proof America is the land of opportunity, but also a classic example of the corporate pirate who treats foreign nations as the backdrop for his adventures. Starting with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas, he built a sprawling empire of banana cowboys, mercenary soldiers, Honduran peasants, CIA agents, and American statesmen.

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