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

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    Rich Cohen is a New York Times bestselling author as well as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. He has written seven books, including Tough Jews, Israel Is Real, and the widely acclaimed memoir Sweet and Low. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, and Best American Essays. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, three sons, and dog.

    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 revolutionary

    The 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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    ISBN 9781250033314
    Genre HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
    Format Paperback
    Pages 270
    Publisher Date 2013-06-04 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Picador USA
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Life and Times of America's Banana King
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Cohen, Rich
    Country of Origin United States

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