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The Life and Times of America's Banana King

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The Fish that Ate the Whale

The Fish that Ate the Whale

The Life and Times of America's Banana King

Audio Library Digital

07/31/2012

541 minutes

9781611209075

Audio Retail Digital

07/31/2012

541 minutes

9781611209082

Audio CD

07/31/2012

8 Audio CD

541 minutes

9781611209051

Audio MP3 CD

07/31/2012

1 Audio MP3 CD

541 minutes

9781611209099

Playaway

07/31/2012

541 minutes

9781611209105

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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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...Cohen waxes almost Kiplingesque as he celebrates the man and his myrmidons..., The New York Times

Starred Review. This is popular history and biography at its best, making for an easy verdict: this book will appeal strongly to lay readers and scholars alike. Highly recommended to all., Library Journal

Starred Review. ...it is nearly impossible to put the book down, and that's something you don't say about a lot of biographies - and especially biographies of businessmen. For anyone who enjoys a good life story, this one is an absolute must-read., David Pitt, , Booklist

Dean's skill shines as he balances an abundance of details...with the more engaging moments of Zemurray's life. He manages this through emphasis, tone, and even speed., AudioFile Magazine

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