The Fish That Ate The Whale Analysis

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The American Dream as Depicted in “On Her Own Ground” and “The Fist that Ate the Whale”
Introduction

This essay will feature two extraordinary biographies, A’Lelia Bundles’ “On Her Own Ground” and Rich Cohen’s “The Fish that Ate the Whale.” Bundles’ book is named New York Bestseller in 2001 and received several prestigious awards. As a direct descendent to Madam C. J. Walker, she was compelled to share the legacy and struggles of her ancestor to the world. The facts presented in the book are the work of an extensive two decades research. This comprehensive biography recounts one the life story of one of the most impressive African American women who rose from being the daughter of a former slave to the owner of a multimillion
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Samuel Zemurray is known with many names, the Gringo, Z, El Amigo or Banana Man. Although his achievements have made him one of the richest and most powerful people in the world, but his stories remain untold for so many decades. Published by Random House in 2012, “The Fish That Ate the Whale,” becomes a New York Bestseller and widely acclaimed by critics. Zemurray immigrated to the United States when he was 14. As a young Russian Jew, nobody expected him to rise from a boy with a cart full of near rotten bananas to be a capitalist with one of the top-selling banana company in the world, philanthropist and prominent figure in …show more content…
Many critics commence on Cohen’s ability to create a lively biography, but commented not his lack of sources. Zemurray’s interest to his product grew since the first time he saw banana (Cohen, 11). Jews often received racist treatment in Russia and it was not easy for them to find the decent job and proper residence. The difficult situation was the contrary to the prospering economy in the United States. The country offered plenty of opportunities to Zemurra. Additionally, the lack of taxes and paperwork needed to start a business had encouraged the young Zemurray to begin his journey to be the banana tycoon. Of course, like Walker, Zemurray lived in a time when advertisement was scarce and not always convenient, and like Walker, he found a revolutionary marketing strategy that enabled him to build his business. “Having no money, Sam offered a deal: if the man radioed every operator ahead, asking each of them to spread the world to local merchants—dirt-cheap bananas coming through for merchant and peddlers-Sam would share a percentage of his sales” (Cohen, 21). Furthermore, Cohen emphasizes the lack of any racist treatments toward Zemurray to help with his success. Such embodiment of the American dream is revealed, “They spoke as the sun went down, the man with the

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