Samuel Zemurray was a poor Jewish immigrant, selling freckled bananas out of a boxcar before amassing a fortune in the banana trade. His rags-to-riches story is unveiled in a new biography by Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone Magazine contributing editor Rich Cohen. Cohen joins KQED’s Forum to discuss Zemurray’s life in relation to American capitalism, foreign relations in Latin America and beyond.
Original Broadcast: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 — 10:00 AM
Host: Michael Krasny
Guest: Rich Cohen, author and contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone Magazine
- “How Gabriel Garcia Marquez Brought Down Samuel Zemurray, the Banana King” : at TheDailyBeast.com
- About the book “The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King” : at IndieBound.org