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. 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.
©2012 Rich Cohen (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"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)
"...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." (Booklist)
With its many tangents, many lasting for whole chapters, the storytelling is drawn out and often somewhat confusing. Half the time I was hoping they'd hey back to the point. The storytelling was great when they did, however
Entertaining story of how to use hustle, grit, corruption and your brain to build an analog business. Super narration.
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.
No. It was great for a perfect afternoon drive
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