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The Fish That Ate the Whale Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Fun business and history."

    Fun mix of business and history. The author treats the history with truth and humor. He presents all the information well and explains any biases he may have. Who knew a banana company could have such a torrid background?

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    Justin 06-09-16
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    "Great lessons in this book"

    What a great book with so many hidden lessons I recommend it for sure thanks

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    Andrew 11-22-16
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    "Great book - Awesome history and depth"

    I liked this book because of the indepth history and study they put into the subject matter, Sam Zummary. As a fan of business I hadn't even heard of Sam, I'm fascinated by the impact he's had on the World and his story from working the docks to being one of the wealthiest people of the nation.

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    "Provides a lot of info for how a fruit company overthrew a democracy"

    I was interested in how United Fruit came to be such a well-connected company that they could have the CIA help them overthrow a democracy and install a dictator friendly to the company. The book gets to that towards the end, as Zimurray was an old man by that time.

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    Anthony Grand Prairie, TX, United States 10-12-16
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    this book was awesome. I learned a lot more than I expected. What a story.

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    "Excellent story"

    Learned about politics, business, and an era/geography with which I was not familiar. Told in a fair and succinct way, not a word was wasted and the whole story was told.

    Very good read. Inspiring. Thank you,

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    Raj Daniels 09-12-16
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    "An amazing story"

    Well researched and written. The authors use of language had me glued to the story.

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    "Amazing and intriguing story telling"

    Great writing and research, I'm not much of a reader but was totally hooked the entire way through. Found plenty of great people to read into further!

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    "Very well read!"
    Would you listen to The Fish That Ate the Whale again? Why?

    No.... too long and got all I needed out of it the first time


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    Love the fact that he brought life into the book by using proper accents and inflection.


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    Martin Stone Chevy Chase, MD United States 06-15-16
    Martin Stone Chevy Chase, MD United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Story"

    Well researched and compelling. I did not know the history of United Fruit before hearing this book. Fascinating real life characters.

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