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The Fish that Ate the Whale - The Life and Times of America's Banana King-logo

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

Rich Cohen

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, 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.

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, 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.
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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, 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

9h 2m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

17:31


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

11:51


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

13:04


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

06:57


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

06:13


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:54


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

29:53


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

14:05


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

18:25


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

19:59


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

01:00:35


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

24:20


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

29:56


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

36:19


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

19:48


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

25:21


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

14:15


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

26:31


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

01:38:35


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

05:05


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

21:31


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

05:09


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

02:23


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

10:39


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

04:11


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

00:32