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- DescriptionIn 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 ecomic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about. Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. It recounts how the drive and imagination of an icoclastic entrepreneur, Malcom McLean, turned containerization from an impractical idea into a massive industry that slashed the cost of transporting goods around the world and made the boom in global trade possible.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 techlogy. 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, ecomist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed ecomic 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.
- Author BiographyMarc Levinson is an economist in New York and author of three previous books. He was formerly finance and economics editor of the Economist , a writer at Newsweek , and editorial director of the Journal of Commerce .
- PrizesWinner of Society for Nautical Research: Anderson Medal 2007 and Independent Publisher Book Awards: Finance/Investment/Economics Bronze Award 2007. Runner-up for John Lyman Book Award: Science and Technology 2006. Shortlisted for Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2006.
- Author(s)Marc Levinson
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication07/01/2008
- SubjectTransport Industries
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Out-of-print date07/05/2016
- Content Note1 halftone. 1 line illus. 6 tables.
- Weight542 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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