ELI AND THE OCTOPUS
Can social responsibility and capital accumulation coexist in the world of modern multinational corporations? Trying to reconcile the two proved the undoing of immigrant entrepreneur and former rabbi, Eli Black, and the end of the most storied U.S. food corporation, United Fruit Company, in 1975.
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I am a historian and farmer living on the ragged edge of eastern Vermont. By day, I chair the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; by every time else,I tend to a herd of cows and a flock of sheep at Taste for Good Farm. These two passions come together in my writing, most recently, Eli and the Octopus: The CEO Who Tried to Reform One of America’s Most Notorious Corporations (Harvard University Press, 2023).
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