Bananas how the united fruit company shaped the world

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Bananas!: How The United Fruit Company Shaped the World by Peter Chapman

“If you only read a handful of nonfiction books this year, [Bananas!] is among your recommended five portions.” —The Observer

In this gripping exploration of corporate manuevering and subterfuge, Peter Chapman shows how the importer United Fruit set the precedent for the institutionalized power and influence of todays multinational companies. Bananas! is a sharp and lively account of the rise and fall of this infamous company, arguably the most controversial global corporation ever – from the jungles of Costa Rica to the dramatic suicide of its CEO, who leapt from an office on the forty-fourth floor of the Pan Am building in New York City. From the marketing of the banana as the first fast food, to the company’s involvement in an invasion of Honduras, the Bay of Pigs crisis, and a bloody coup in Guatemala, Chapman weaves a dramatic tale of big business, political deceit, and outright violence to show how one company wreaked havoc in the “banana republics” of Central America, and how terrifyingly similar the age of United Fruit is to our age of rapid globalization.
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In this compelling history of the United Fruit Company, Financial Times writer Peter Chapman weaves a dramatic tale of big business, deceit, and violence.
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Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World

Diversifying is key for investing success, and wise investors understand the foolishness, even danger, of relying too heavily on a single product or company. Bananas became a problem mono-product for Central America as well as a symbol of rapid and reckless globalization, argues Peter Chapman in his book, "Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World. Leaning too hard on one crop or one company minimizes competition and hardly meets the need of a free market offering choices and opportunity for innovation. Tempted by fast profits and creation of easy jobs, countries who take such a path become subject to the vagaries of demand. Profit-making for a few interferes with other purposes, including education, community and social development, cautions Chapman. He details how United Fruit, based in the US, operated with minimal regulations throughout Central America - resisting government controls, exploiting workers, damaging the environment, and contributing to a series of booms and busts that wreaked havoc for the poor.

Financial Times London journalist Chapman's insider account of United Fruit as the template for the modern multinational company often gets mired in the minutiae of a century's worth of dubious A fascinating look at the economic powers that ran the Americas during the nineteenth century. United Fruit was largely responsible for the turmoil that still exists in Latin America today. As Gabriel Peter Chapman understands the food industry. Benefit from this valuable insight as Peter helps you understand the retailers and get your items in to the shopping cart of the consumer more often.

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For much of the 20th century, the American banana company United Fruit dominated portions of almost a dozen countries in the Western Hemisphere. Keith and his partners soon realized how great the potential profits were — especially if, along with growing bananas, they could control railroads, shipping and Central American governments to that end, Keith married the beautiful daughter of a Costa Rican president. Only then did they set out to turn the banana into a product for the masses. Until its demise a hundred years later, United Fruit controlled as much as 90 percent of the market. Throughout all of this, United Fruit defined the modern multinational corporation at its most effective — and, as it turned out, its most pernicious. At home, it cultivated clubby ties with those in power and helped pioneer the modern arts of public relations and marketing.

A sharp and lively account of the rise and fall of the United Fruit Company, arguably the most controversial global corporation ever—from the jungles of Costa Rica to the dramatic suicide of its CEO who leapt from an office on the forty-fourth floor of the Pan Am building in New York City. Along the way the company fostered covert links with U. If you only read a handful of non-fiction books this year, Jungle Capitalists is among your recommended five portions. The tone also seems well matched to the rollicking adventures of his central characters, many of them rags-to-riches anti-heroes. We have to remember they were real, vicious and bloody regimes set up and toppled at the behest of US fruit companies. Sadly today the banana seems to be a good deal more threatened than the corporations that abused it.

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