The Fish That Ate the Whale - The Life and Times of Ameica's Banana King, by Rich Cohen.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012.

Hardcover with dust jacket, used, in good condition.

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

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  • The Fish That Ate the Whale - The Life and Times of Ameica's Banana King, by Rich Cohen.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012.

    Hardcover, with dust jacket, used, in good condition.

    When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was  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, a banana hauler, a dockside hustler, and a plantation owner. He battled and conquered the United Fruit Company.  Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana Man 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, from feuding with Huey Long to working with the Dulles brothers, Zemurray emerges as an unforgettable figure, connected to the birth of modern American diplomacy, public relations, business, and war—a monumental life that reads like a parable of the American dream.  [excerpted from goodreads.com]

     

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