The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Fish That Ate the Whale When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was gangly and penniless. When he died in New Orleans 69 years later, he was among the richest men in the world. He conquered the United Fruit Company, and is a symbol of the best and worst of the United States.
- Published: 05 June 2012
- Format: Hardback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780374299279 ISBN 10: 0374299277
- Sales rank: 386,245
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Full description for The Fish That Ate the Whale
A legendary tale, both true and astonishing, from the author of "Israel is Real" and "Sweet and Low "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, a banana hauler, a dockside hustler, and a plantation owner. He battled and conquered the United Fruit Company, becoming 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. In Latin America, when people shouted "Yankee, Go Home!" it was men like Zemurray they had in mind. Rich Cohen's brilliant historical profile, "The Fish That Ate the Whale," unveils Zemurray as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary, driven by an indomitable will to succeed. Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Bananaman lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years. Starting with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas and built a sprawling empire of banana cowboys, Mestizo Indians, soldiers of fortune, Mafia loan-sharks, Honduran peasants and American Presidents. From hustling on the docks to bankrolling private wars, Zemurray emerges as an unforgettable figure, connected to the birth of modern American diplomacy, public relations, business and war. ""