The Box How The Shipping Container Made The World Smaller And The World Economy Bigger Second Edition With A New Chapter By The Author

Author: Marc Levinson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691170819
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In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

But the container didn't just happen. Its adoption required huge sums of money, both from private investors and from ports that aspired to be on the leading edge of a new technology. It required years of high-stakes bargaining with two of the titans of organized labor, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, as well as delicate negotiations on standards that made it possible for almost any container to travel on any truck or train or ship. Ultimately, it took McLean's success in supplying U.S. forces in Vietnam to persuade the world of the container's potential.

Drawing on previously neglected sources, economist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed economic geography, devastating traditional ports such as New York and London and fueling the growth of previously obscure ones, such as Oakland. By making shipping so cheap that industry could locate factories far from its customers, the container paved the way for Asia to become the world's workshop and brought consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe.

Published in hardcover on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. Now with a new chapter, The Box tells the dramatic story of how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur turned containerization from an impractical idea into a phenomenon that transformed economic geography, slashed transportation costs, and made the boom in global trade possible.


The Box

Author: Marc Levinson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400880750
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The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

Maritime Economics

Author: Martin Stopford
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134742665
Size: 31.44 MB
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The author outlines the economic theory as well as many of the operational practicalities involved. Extensively revised for the new edition, the book has many clear illustrations and tables.

Ninety Percent Of Everything

Author: Rose George
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 0805096043
Size: 19.73 MB
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Sharply informative and entertaining, Ninety Percent of Everything reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very civilization.

The Big Rig

Author: Steve Viscelli
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520962710
Size: 66.92 MB
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Trucking used to be one of the best working-class jobs in the United States. The Big Rig explains how this massive degradation in the quality of work has occurred, and how companies achieve a compliant and dedicated workforce despite it.

The Most Powerful Idea In The World

Author: William Rosen
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226726347
Size: 80.65 MB
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"The Most Powerful Idea in the World argues that the very notion of intellectual property drove not only the invention of the steam engine but also the entire Industrial Revolution." -- Back cover.

On Paper

Author: Nicholas A. Basbanes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385350449
Size: 26.41 MB
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Lavishly researched, compellingly written, this masterful guide illuminates paper’s endless possibilities.

A Splendid Exchange

Author: William J. Bernstein
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9781555848439
Size: 62.22 MB
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Acclaimed by readers and critics around the globe, A Splendid Exchange is a sweeping narrative history of world trade—from Mesopotamia in 3000 B.C. to the firestorm over globalization today—that brilliantly explores trade’s colorful ...

Deep Sea And Foreign Going

Author: Rose George
Publisher: Portobello Books
ISBN: 184627480X
Size: 70.89 MB
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In this unique investigation, Rose George travels the high seas with their powerful naval fleets, pirate gangs, and illegal floating factories, and visits the ports and their land-bound dockworkers, tycoons, missionaries, stevedores, border ...