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

ISBN-10: 1250033314
ISBN-13: 9781250033314
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rich Cohen
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Description: A legendary tale, both true and astonishing, from the author of Israel is Real and Sweet and LowWhen 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

A legendary tale, both true and astonishing, from the author of Israel is Real and Sweet and LowWhen 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 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.

Rich Cohen has written for The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, among many other publications. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and recently cowrote a filmscript. He lives in New York City.

Preface
Map
Prologue
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
A Note on Sources and Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography

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