WBEZ | united fruit http://www.wbez.org/tags/united-fruit Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Author Rich Cohen talks United Fruit, Sam Zemurray . . . and bananas http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/author-rich-cohen-talks-united-fruit-sam-zemurray-and-bananas-100016 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Rich Cohen AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Here&#39;s what I&#39;m sure about: You&#39;ve never thought about reading a book about the banana business and/or Sam Zemurray, the guy perhaps most responsible building it.</p><p>Here&#39;s what I&#39;m also sure about: You absolutely should read <em>The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America&#39;s Banana King</em>, by Rich Cohen.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s the story of a Russian immigrant who started as a lowly fruit peddler and became one of this country&#39;s biggest businessmen &mdash; one you feel like celebrating one moment and condemning the next. It&#39;s also the story of the United States as it rose to dominance in the 20th century. And Cohen is a writer whose passion for his subject bleeds through on every page.</p><p>Here Rich Cohen talks about the book &mdash; under <em>The Interview Show</em>&#39;s new lighting and camera set-up! (Big, big thanks to Ben Chandler and Kevin Viol and for Adam Peindl for helping out with the cameras.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uR4USxzjN8g" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/author-rich-cohen-talks-united-fruit-sam-zemurray-and-bananas-100016