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)

THE FISH THAT ATE THE WHALE will be available in June from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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