HOME / History : Then, again. The Birth of America’s Banana King An excerpt from Rich Cohen’s The Fish That Ate the Whale. By Rich Cohen|Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 6:35 AM Tweet Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all History articles. Follow the Life section. Follow stories by Rich Cohen. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL Steve Jobs’ Dream Device Has Arrived, and It's Made by Microsoft Tornado Survivor Finds Her Missing Dog in the Rubble of Her Home During a TV Interview Texas Judge Blocks Lesbian Couple From Living Together Rich Cohen is the author of several books, including The Fish That Ate the Whale and Tough Jews. Click here to load comments.