The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King

By Rich Cohen. Farrar, $27 (9780374299279).


In this gripping biography—it’s as page-turningly exciting as any thriller—Samuel Zemurray, once the most powerful banana importer in America, comes off as a sort of real-world Charles Foster Kane.




Awards Won

Title Year
Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books
The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.
2012 - Selection(s)