Cork Boat: A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built

Cork Boat: A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built

by John Pollack
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Cork Boat: A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AJSTEIN More than 1 year ago
Written by an ex presidential speechwriter, Cork Boat is a fantastic account of whimsy, dedication, and the importance of pursuing dreams. Author John D. Pollack grows tired of the "totem-pole" mentality in Washington DC, and makes the decision to peruse his own childhood dream by making a boat entirely out of corks. Bringing together friends, family, and strangers from all walks of life, Pollack uses their combined ingenuity to create a system to lash the cords into disks, then lash the disks into logs, and finally to lash the logs into the first Cork Boat. After quitting his job, going back to work for President Clinton, and losing his job again, Pollack is even gained a sponsorship from Cork Supply USA to sail the boat down the Duro River in Portugal. This book is an account of how dedication and whimsy can pave the way to great things. Cork Boat is even more than proof that childhood dreams can actually be fulfilled, it is a modern account of how people from all walks of life can unite to a common purpose; it is a testament to the core of American values. Possible themes include: Ingenuity, Politics, Exploration, Pursuit of Childhood Dreams, Dedication, and Friendship, Boatbuilding
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cork Boat captures the reader's attention and holds it all the way to the end, rewarding you with chuckles, the occasional tear, and enough inspiration to give a lasting return on the investment of your time. John Pollack is the rare combination of someone who pursues a great project (the building of a boat made of 165,000 plus wine corks with the help of perhaps hundreds of others who contribute either corks or labor), lives a great adventure (a dozen-day float trip through Portuguese wine country), and rewards you with well-told flashbacks ranging from vignettes from his experience as a Washington speechwriter (including a stint for Clinton during his final year) to a surprisingly appropriate comparision of striving through physical exhaustion as a high school cross country runner to the grueling oar work aboard the Cork Boat. And along the way his analysis of his too early termination of his childhood with the death of his sister at 14 and his pondering of the relationship of this event and his clinging to the childhood dream of the cork boat are another bonus in a multi-layered, well-told tale. The glimpses of his very interesting family and their ambitions and adventures are threaded nicely among the cork tales, as well.