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Massacres, Rigged Elections, and Bananas: The Sordid Tale of the United Fruit Company


Peter Chapman, Financial Times reporter and author of Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Changed the World, joins the show to discuss a fascinating history of Central America known by few. This is an intriguing story that has inspired many from the Latin region to speak up, from Che Guevara to Pablo Neruda.
He covers the rise of United Fruit Company, one of the most powerful companies in the world during the early to mid 1900’s, and its integral part in forming many of Central America’s nations. For 100 years the company controlled most of the region; they rigged elections and massacred people, all while building their banana empire.
Peter also talks about how United Fruit Company set the blueprint for multinational companies today.
Enjoy the show.

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