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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rich Cohen
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in the grandest house in New Orleans 69 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.

    Susan says: "Fascinating history. A lot of questions"
    "Fascinating history. A lot of questions"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Fish That Ate the Whale again? Why?

    Being from South America, I had always been aware of the issues between the "Gringos" and the rest. However this book does a fantastic job, specially towards the end, of bringing these issues to light.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was great for a perfect afternoon drive


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