Rich Cohen

Strange Fruit

‘Tough Guy’ author Rich Cohen finds another quintessentially American character in United Fruit Company’s Samuel Zemurray.

06/05/2012
Staff Writer

The author Rich Cohen first heard about Samuel Zemurray in the late-1980s. Cohen was sitting in a sophomore class on American Jewish fiction at Tulane, and the professor gave a lecture about Zemurray, the longtime president of the United Fruit Company, and, in the early 20th century, one of the richest men in America.

Cohen tells a classic rags-to-riches story in the tale of Samuel Zemurray.
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