Bananas and Business is an innovative blend of business and political history. On the one hand, Marcelo Bucheli delivers a much-needed business history of the United Fruit Company (Chiquita) during the twentieth century. Taking into account increasingly nationalist governments, growing labor movements, technical changes within the industry, and the ups and downs of foreign consumption patterns, Bucheli looks at the region’s most infamous corporation as a business enterprise. How did United Fruit’s business strategy change over the twentieth century? In what ways did shareholders influence company decisions?

On the other hand, Bananas and Business is a political history of United Fruit in Colombia. Exploring political transformations on local, regional, and national levels, Bucheli narrates the history of United Fruit in Colombia, from the company’s entrance into Magdalena in 1899 until its departure from Urabá in 2004. How, for example, did the transfer of power from Liberals to Conservatives (and back...

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