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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About The Book
Eli and the Octopus is a thought-provoking exploration of the complex relationship between United Fruit Company, Latin American governments, and the people of the region. Through extensive research and engaging storytelling, Professor Garcia delves into the ways in which the company’s actions shaped the modern world, highlighting important issues such as the responsibility of companies to their employees, shareholders, and the public.
The book also examines the role of unions since 1970 and the relationship between business and management in the era of mergers and acquisitions. These topics are timely and relevant, making Eli and the Octopus an ideal choice for opinion pieces in both the business and political spheres.
“As the beating heart of capitalism, New York City provided Eli the perfect vantage point to imagine this future, and his place within it.” (24)
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ABOUT THE WRITER.
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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