Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes, and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires by Kristoffer A. Garin, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires

Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires

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by Kristoffer A. Garin
     
 

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Left for dead after the advent of cheap, reliable air travel forty years ago, cruise shipping in the decades since has been reborn as a $12 billion industry on the cutting edge of twenty-first century global capitalism. Today, nearly ten million Americans take cruises each year, sailing to exotic destinations on floating cities that can cost upwards of $600 million

Overview

Left for dead after the advent of cheap, reliable air travel forty years ago, cruise shipping in the decades since has been reborn as a $12 billion industry on the cutting edge of twenty-first century global capitalism. Today, nearly ten million Americans take cruises each year, sailing to exotic destinations on floating cities that can cost upwards of $600 million each to construct.

In this terrifically entertaining history, Kristoffer A. Garin chronicles the industry's rise from humble and comic beginnings in the early sixties through waterfront corruption and the incalculably huge impact of the hit television series The Love Boat in the seventies and eighties to the recent consolidation wars. Entrepreneurial genius and bareknuckle capitalism mate with cultural kitsch as the cruise lines dodge U.S. tax, labor, and environmental laws to make unimaginable profits while bringing the world a new form of leisure. Few businesses in America today are as colorful, lucrative, and innovative as cruise shipping, and Devils on the Deep Blue Sea is the first book to give readers a compelling behind-the-scenes look into these floating empires and the modern-day robber barons who shaped them.

Editorial Reviews

Janet Maslin
Mr. Garin provides memorably chilling insights into behind-the-scenes trickery that goes into creating the illusion of fun in the sun … he has compiled and amplified it in ways that will make Devils on the Deep Blue Sea required reading in many a deck chair.
— The New York Times
Booklist
Fitting its raucous subject, Garin's history of Miami's cruise ships is not your father's business book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670034185
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/23/2005
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.29(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kristoffer A. Garin is a journalist who has written for the New York Daily News and the Journal News in Westchester, New York.

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Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes, and Showdowns That Built America's Cruise-Ship Empires 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I worked in cruise industry for over 10 years...and this books has accurate detail information...On how Carnival has become who they are today in the travel industry....all I can say is carma...is and ungly thing.