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Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas (American Encounters/Global Interactions) Paperback – November 20, 2003

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“As the first tropical fruit to fit into both a middle-class U.S. breakfast and a workingman’s lunchbox, bananas—yellow, soft, and innocent—were a slightly comical, faintly suspect, always welcome by-product of the Yankee imperial reach. These essays illuminate some of the geopolitical, environmental, and human costs of the banana’s enormous everyday popularity.”—Sidney Mintz, author of Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom: Excursions into Eating, Culture, and the Past


“This innovative, stimulating collection brings together the best of the new work on the social, political, and cultural impact of banana exports in the Caribbean and Central and South America. The essays provide insight into the evolution of trade regimes, popular forms of contention, and the banana in the American imagination from the early twentieth century to the present. They signal new paths for comparative work on tropical commodities, corporate strategies, the interaction of multinational companies with local governments, labor movements, contract farming, growers associations, race, immigration, nationalism, dependency, globalization, and economic development.”—Catherine LeGrand, McGill University

About the Author

Steve Striffler is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas and the author of In the Shadows of State and Capital: The United Fruit Company, Popular Struggle, and Agrarian Restructuring in Ecuador, 1900–1995 (Duke University Press), winner of the Labor Section of the Latin American Studies Association’s 2003 award for Best Book.

Mark Moberg is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of Myths of Ethnicity and Nation: Immigration, Work, and Identity in the Belize Banana Industry and Citrus, Strategy, and Class: The Politics of Development in Southern Belize.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Encounters/Global Interactions
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (November 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822331969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822331964
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dragon on February 25, 2013
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The book is very well written. It is amazing how the importation of bananas has affected life in this country; the rest of the world, also.

The book is worth reading if only as a tutorial on what corporate power does when it is not bound by laws, customs, or tradition. Corporations use people like Kleenex and throw them away. They buy governments when they can. They call in the CIA to replace governments that are friendly to the people.

Corporations once did the same things in this country. It is only because of organized resistance that they don't do that now.
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By steve clark on January 9, 2015
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Good insight on US policies.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 9, 2004
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This book is well researched and very informative. A few of the essays were a little boring to me but the rest more than make up for it. My favorites were by Cindy Forster, Steve Striffler and the conclusion essay (who I forget already the writer) are excellent. These essays give you a look at not only the industry but the people involved and how a single funny fruit has shaped many peoples' way of life. This book is also interesting for the history about how a corporation can care for nothing but money and short change people, their governments and the environment as a way of doing profitable business. I gained a lot of information on how corporations as businessmen do not make wise farmers. I learned quite a bit else but I'll just say I recommend starting with Striffler's essay because it reads as a really good story.
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