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The fish that ate the whale : the life and times of America's banana king

Author: Rich Cohen
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A biography of the little-known antihero, Samuel Zemurray (1877-1961), the disgraced mogul of the much hated United Fruit Company who aided the creation of Israel, funded many of Tulane University's buildings, and had a hand in the rise of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Samuel Zemurray; Samuel Zemurray
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rich Cohen
ISBN: 9780374299279 0374299277
OCLC Number: 757177308
Description: xiii, 270 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents: Green: Selma --
Ripes --
The fruit jobber --
Brown to green --
Bananas don't grow on trees --
The octopus --
New Orleans --
Yellow: The isthmus --
To the Collins --
Revolutin'! --
To the isthmus and back --
The banana war --
Ripe: King fish --
The fish that ate the whale --
Los Pericos --
Bananas go to war --
Israel is real --
Operation success --
Backlash --
Brown: What remains --
Bay of Pigs --
The earth eats the fish that ate the whale --
Fastest way to the street --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Rich Cohen.

Abstract:

A biography of the little-known antihero, Samuel Zemurray (1877-1961), the disgraced mogul of the much hated United Fruit Company who aided the creation of Israel, funded many of Tulane University's buildings, and had a hand in the rise of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

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. -- Publisher description.

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