Starred Reviews for The Fish That Ate the Whale

Starred Reviews for The Fish That Ate the Whale

Rich Cohen’s rich and fast-paced historical profile of the capitalist revolutionary Samuel Zemurray, THE FISH THAT ATE THE WHALE, is getting starred reviews fit for a thriller.

Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, Samuel Zemurray lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years.  Starting with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas and built a sprawling empire of banana cowboys, Mestizo Indians, soldiers of fortune, Mafia loan-sharks, Honduran peasants and American Presidents.  From hustling on the docks to bankrolling private wars, Zemurray emerges as an unforgettable figure.


"[I]t is nearly impossible to put the book down, and that’s something you don’t say about a lot of biographies—and especially biographies of businessmen. For anyone who enjoys a good life story, this one is an absolute must-read." 
Booklist (starred review)

"This is popular history and biography at its best." —Library Journal (starred review)