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

By Peter Chapman

During this compelling heritage of the United Fruit corporation, Financial Times author Peter Chapman weaves a dramatic story of huge enterprise, deceit, and violence, exploring the origins of arguably the most arguable worldwide companies 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 promoting of the banana because the first quickly meals, to the company’s involvement in an invasion of Honduras, a bloodbath in Colombia, and a bloody coup in Guatemala. alongside the way in which the corporate fostered covert hyperlinks with U.S. energy agents comparable to Richard Nixon and CIA operative Howard Hunt, manipulated the click in new, and stoked the progressive ire of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

From the exploited banana republics of imperative the US to the concrete jungle of latest York urban, Peter Chapman’s Bananas is a full of life and insightful cultural background of the coveted yellow fruit, in addition to a gripping narrative in regards to the notorious upward thrust and fall of the United Fruit corporation.

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The Reagan and Bush administrations' view of the Sandinistas that informed the popular media portrayed developments in Nicaragua from an ethnocentric, ideological perspective that precluded any possibility for comprehending the complex nature of this revolutionary transformation. Once the Sandinista government had successfully been labeled a "totalitarian communist Page 14 dictatorship," confrontation with Managua was the logical outcome. Latin American and Western European governments (including main NATO allies) held a different view of the Nicaraguan revolution, a development that isolated the United States within the world community.

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