By Peter Chapman
During this compelling heritage of the United Fruit corporation, Financial Times author Peter Chapman weaves a dramatic story of massive company, deceit, and violence, exploring the origins of arguably the most debatable worldwide enterprises ever, and the ways that their pioneering instance set the precedent for the institutionalized greed of today’s multinational companies.
The tale has its resource in United Fruit’s nineteenth-century beginnings within the jungles of Costa Rica. What follows is a damning exam of the company’s regulations: from the selling of the banana because the first quickly foodstuff, to the company’s involvement in an invasion of Honduras, a bloodbath in Colombia, and a bloody coup in Guatemala. alongside the best way the corporate fostered covert hyperlinks with U.S. energy agents equivalent to Richard Nixon and CIA operative Howard Hunt, manipulated the clicking in new, and stoked the innovative ire of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
From the exploited banana republics of crucial the US to the concrete jungle of recent York urban, Peter Chapman’s Bananas is a full of life and insightful cultural historical past of the coveted yellow fruit, in addition to a gripping narrative concerning the notorious upward push and fall of the United Fruit corporation.
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