The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

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by Marc Levinson
     
 

"The continuous decline of ocean shipping costs in the last 40 years is rarely credited for the growth of global trade in contemporary literature. Don't miss this amazing history."—George Stalk, Boston Consulting Group and author of Surviving the China Riptide

"An excellent piece of work."—Bruce Nelson, Dartmouth College

"This

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"The continuous decline of ocean shipping costs in the last 40 years is rarely credited for the growth of global trade in contemporary literature. Don't miss this amazing history."—George Stalk, Boston Consulting Group and author of Surviving the China Riptide

"An excellent piece of work."—Bruce Nelson, Dartmouth College

"This book is dynamite. The experts who tell you the transistor and microchips changed the world are off base. The ugly, unglamorous, little-noticed shipping container has changed the world. Without it, there would be no globalization, no Wal-Mart, maybe even no high-tech. And what looks like low-tech is in fact a breathtaking technological innovation. Marc Levinson's sparkling and authoritative story is great fun to read, but it is spectacular economic history as well."—Peter L. Bernstein, author of Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

"Fascinating, informative, wonderfully historicized. This is a terrific untold story."—Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara, and editor of Wal-Mart: the Face of Twenty-First Century Capitalism

"The adoption of the modern shipping container may be a close second to the Internet in the way it has changed our lives. It has made products from every corner of the world commonplace and accessible everywhere. It has dramatically cut the cost of transportation and thereby made outsourcing a significant issue. It has transformed the world's port cities, and more. This book, very nicely written, makes a fascinating set of true stories of an apparently mundane subject, and dramatically illustrates how simple innovations can transform our lives."—William Baumol, Director, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, author of The Free-Market Innovation Machine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691136400
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/07/2008
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
196,674
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
The World the Box Made     1
Gridlock on the Docks     16
The Trucker     36
The System     54
The Battle for New York's Port     76
Union Disunion     101
Setting the Standard     127
Takeoff     150
Vietnam     171
Ports in a Storm     189
Boom and Bust     212
The Bigness Complex     231
The Shippers' Revenge     245
Just in Time     264
Abbreviations     279
Notes     281
Bibliography     343
Index     365

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