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The Fish That Ate the Whale The Life and Times of America's Banana KingA 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 conuered the United Fruit Company becoming a symbol of the best and worst of the United States proof that America is t. Reading this book felt like listening to a very elderly professor tell a story It started out about Samuel Zemurray the banana king It wandered off and told long tales about various people associated with him the history of the banana business the history of Guatemala and Honduras Che Guevara WWII the founding of the Israeli state Tulane University how the author wrote the book and I'm just skimming the surface of the meanderingsI know than I did before I read the book but I didn't enjoy the course

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Read The Fish That Ate the Whale The Life and Times of America's Banana King ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ 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 gHe 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. The story peaks early and the remaining 34 of the book is a jumble of apologetic mishmash Cohen would have served his reader better by not interjecting himself into the biography of someone else time and time again Cohen has an agenda for this book and he bent the story to fit it I lost count of the time he states He would have said this or He would have believed this way These conjectures became so tiresome and annoying and I ended up skimming the last few chapters2 stars because Zemurray's early life was fascinatingly manical and a wild ride but I already knew this story I first learned of this story Zemurray's plot in Honduras after reading Kinzer's Overthrow America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Ira and was so captivated that I spent the next year studying it extensively I read everything I could get my hands on about bananas Central American history and geography New Orleans in the early 1900s Gilded Age US politics Great White Fleet and Samuel Zemurray and other assorted characters in this story I totally recommend learning of this story because we continue to see the ramifications of these geopolitical power plays today over a century after the banana republics; however this book is not worth than a cursory glance

Rich Cohen ☆ 5 Read

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  . The story of the time period from 1890 to 1960 or sowas interesting I remember the hoop la surrounding the events in the mid 50s when Allen Dullas was head of the CIA so learning the background for the previous 50 years in Central America was enlighteningThe book however was very poorly written It would go around and around in a circle covering the same material and then suddenly shoot off into the stratosphere to take on a different subject altogether Many of these subjects like the founding of Israel were never fleshed out nor resolvedIt was also very disconcerting to be reading along in the 3rd person and then have the author interject himself as the story teller in the 1st personAnd speaking of the author was this fiction or non fiction The author would say things like I imagine he would have responded or I think he would have thought or I believe he felt And then in the afterward he excused his lack of facts by saying that it was hard to find documents as well as people who actually knew Zemurray or as in the grandson who would talk with himIt was a very tedious read but about an interesting person