For more than half a century the United Fruit Company has been the target of innumerable books and articles highly critical of its banana operations in Central America, the Caribbean, Panama and Colombia. U.S. and Latin American scholars have repeatedly accused the Company of nefarious practices that were detrimental to the development of the countries in which it operated.Nowhere has the United Fruit Company (today's Chiquita Brands International) been more criticized than in Guatemala, where, among many other charges, it has been frequently alleged that President Jacobo Arbenz's expropriation of thousands of acres of UFCO's landholdings triggered the U.S. government's 1954 coup against the most progressive government in Guatemala's chaotic and violent history. This book, which puts on the record most of the charges that have been made about the United Fruit Company's sixty-six years in Guatemala (1906-1972), provides a careful analysis of these allegations. While a number of them are certainly valid, an objective study of these indictments demonstrates that United Fruit's role in Guatemala's human and economic development was far more positive than has been previously documented.The book is amply documented with chapter notes and a bibliography listing more than 200 cited works. It includes 25 historical photos, reproduced from the collection of the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de MesoAmerica (CIRMA).