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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Fascinating book!

    As a Tulane graduate, the husband of another, and the father of two more, I found this book to be a wonderful review of all things related to New Orleans. Also, it was a great review of our tortured relationship with Central America. I have sent copies to my sons in New Orleans.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    I raise a nicely ripe Cavendish banana to both the late Mr. Zemu

    I raise a nicely ripe Cavendish banana to both the late Mr. Zemurray and Mr. Cohen. This was not the book I imagined. It's way better! Business majors would benefit from this guy's experience and chutpah. The writer's voice is sparkly but well trimmed, engaging but not overpowering. If you thought this book was about banana plant facts and recipes, hang on to yourself, you're going on a wonderful ride!
    I'm only halfway through, but give it 4 stars.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

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    Amazing bio! Who knew???

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Great read - excellent!

    Rich Cohen's biography of Samuel Zemurray, "Sam the banana man," paints a vivid image of one of America's titans of the twentieth century. The reader comes to know the man intimately and to understand his motivations. Along with an understanding of this complex individual, Cohen paints a detailed picture of the banana industry and the influences of this industry and its leaders on the history of the Americas and the foreign policy of the United States. Mr. Zemurray's role in the creation of the State of Israel is also described in detail. This is one of the most thorough biographies I have ever read. This book is a must read for anyone interested in U.S. foregin policy and for history buffs in general. This is also a treasure for folks from Louisiana, the adopted home of Samuel Zemurray.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Favorite read right now

    The should make a movie of this, there will be bananas

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    'The banana king", Sam Zemurray, is a fascinating subject (

    'The banana king", Sam Zemurray, is a fascinating subject (and shows a whole different side of American history than you get in history class). I had never given any thought to the banana, but if you read this incredibly entertaining book, you see how Zemurray was to bananas what Ford was to cars: the reason they're everywhere. Even under the author's sharp magnifying glass, the man himself remains a bit of a mystery -- a dedicated philanthropist who could hijack U.S. foreign policy, and the government of Honduras, if it was good for business. But Cohen is smart and funny about everything from why slipping on a banana peel was easier for Buster Keaton than it is for us, to how to create a huge business out of absolutely nothing. Actually there is great advice to be gotten here from a man who was obviously a genius entrepreneur to rival anyone in Silicon Valley -- "There is no problem you can't solve if you understand your business A to Z"; "Don't trust the experts", "Don't try to be smarter than the problem". This book is an eye-opener.

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