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Doing Business with the Dictators: A Political History of United Fruit in Guatemala, 1899-1944
     

Doing Business with the Dictators: A Political History of United Fruit in Guatemala, 1899-1944

by Paul J. Dosal
 

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The United Fruit Company (UFCO) developed an unprecedented relationship with Guatemala in the first half of this century. By 1944, UFCO owned 566,000 acres, employed 20,000 people, and operated 96% of Guatemala's 719 miles of railroad, making the multinational corporation Guatemala's largest private landowner and biggest employer. In Doing Business with the

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The United Fruit Company (UFCO) developed an unprecedented relationship with Guatemala in the first half of this century. By 1944, UFCO owned 566,000 acres, employed 20,000 people, and operated 96% of Guatemala's 719 miles of railroad, making the multinational corporation Guatemala's largest private landowner and biggest employer. In Doing Business with the Dictators, Paul J. Dosal shows how UFCO built up a profitable corporation in a country whose political system was known to be corrupt. His work is based largely on research of company documents recently acquired from the Justice Department under the Freedom of Information Act-no other historian researching this topic has looked at these sources. As a result, Dr. Dosal is able to offer the first documentary evidence of how UFCO acquired, defended, and exploited its Guatemalan properties by collaborating with successive authoritarian regimes.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Sheds important light on U.S. economic penetration of Latin America in the first half of this century.
CHOICE
The book is an absolute must for those interested in the region. It has solid footnotes, a good bibliography, and a workable index.
Choice
The book is an absolute must for those interested in the region. It has solid footnotes, a good bibliography, and a workable index.
Booknews
Throwing light on the company for which the term Banana Republic was coined, profiles the personalities and their US and Guatemalan bedfellows, the concessions and payoffs, the strikes and battles, and other aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842025904
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Series:
Latin American Silhouettes Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Dosal is assistant professor of Latin American history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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