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

The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King Author Rich Cohen
ISBN-10 1250033314
ISBN-13 9781250033314
Year 2013-06-04
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Picador
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Named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Times Picayune The fascinating untold tale of Samuel Zemurray the self made banana mogul who went from penniless roadside banana peddler to kingmaker and capitalist revolutionaryThe fascinating untold tale of Samuel Zemurray the self made banana mogul who went from penniless roadside banana peddler to kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary 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 Working his way up from a roadside fruit peddler to conquering the United Fruit Company Zemurray became a symbol of the best and worst of the United States proof that 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 Zemurray lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years 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 From hustling on the docks of New Orleans to overthrowing Central American governments and precipitating the bloody thirty six year Guatemalan civil war the Banana Man lived a monumental and sometimes dastardly life Rich Cohen s brilliant historical profile The Fish That Ate the Whale unveils Zemurray as a hidden power broker driven by an indomitable will to succeed

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Knife s Edge

Knife s Edge Author Hope Larson
ISBN-10 9781466897205
Release 2017-06-27
Pages 224