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When Banana Was King: A Jamaican Banana King in Jim Crow America [Paperback]

By Gordon Goffe Leslie (Author)
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When Banana Was King looks at a time when Jamaicans battled Americans for control of the billion-dollar banana trade. They battled in boardrooms and battled on wharves with knives and guns over the tasty, strangely shaped fruit. The most controversial of the banana men back then was Jamaican, A.C. Goffe. "There are two prominent men in the shipping world today who Jamaica and Jamaicans are bound to respect.A.C. Goffe and Marcus Garvey," a newspaper reported in 1920. Goffe, a black man whose mother had been born a slave, courted controversy. In 1908, he was arrested in Baltimore and charged with conspiring with the Mafia to kill a banana rival and in 1918 he was charged with murdering a Jamaican who stole coconuts from one of his plantations. Not surprisingly, Goffe, who owned a chunk of the Ocho Rios area that is today a centre of the island's tourist industry, clashed with everyone from Jamaica's Prime Minister to reggae star Bob Marley. Love him or hate him, A.C. Goffe was, an observer noted, one of the Jamaicans who "crossed the Frontiers, put Jamaica beyond the pale of the primitive and brought the country into modern trade, commerce and business."

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Studio: LMH Publishing Company
Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 18, 2006
Publisher   LMH Publishing Company
ISBN  9768202238  
ISBN13  9789768202239  

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Best Book I've read in a Long Time  Jun 7, 2007
'When Banana Was King' is a refreshing book: the best I've read in a long time. It's a historical novel, somewhere between fiction and fact. Reading this book will change your perspective on history and who has been left out. Perhaps history is random, just one thing after another. But Goffe manages to intertwine the stories of so many people from Jamaica to the US and UK. I never could have imagined that I could read about Bob Marley, the Mafia, World War I, and bananas in one book.

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