Ira Stoll on Lessons From the United Fruit Company

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Americans puzzling over the role of today's powerful corporations—Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs, Google—may profit from considering the example of the United Fruit Company. A new account of United Fruit and one of its leading figures usefully reminds us of some of the wonderful things about capitalism, writes Ira Stoll, and some of the dangers, too.

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