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Dynasties of the Sea: The Shipowners and Financiers Who Expanded the Era of Free Trade Hardcover – November 12, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Marine Money, Intl.; 1st edition (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983716366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983716365
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When executives are profiled in a hardcover book - especially one with a flattering title - they tend to be more forthcoming than they would in an interview for a magazine article. That's what makes Dynasties of the Sea by CNBC senior talent producer Lori Ann LaRocco so relevant. She has enticed telling quotes on cycle timing from some of shipping's top players." - Greg Miller, Fairplay

"Have you ever wondered how shipping pioneers got their start? How they built and lost vast fortunes and lived to tell the tale? LaRocco has a great way of getting their amazing personal stories." - Jill Bennett, Vancouver News Radio
            

"If you think the shipping industry is boring - you've got to read Dynasties of the Sea." - Gary Goldberg, Money Matters

"LaRocco's work chronicles the exploits of the likes of John Fredriksen and right-hand man Tor Olav Trøim, Nicholas Pappadakis and Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, public-company leaders Angeliki Frangou, Peter Evensen, Robert Bugbee and Morten Arntzen, and even bankers Dagfinn Lunde and Michael Parker." - Joe Brady, TradeWinds
            

"To get a clear view on what makes the global economy tick, you should read Dynasties of the Sea. Lori Ann LaRocco's profiles of the colorful captains of the global shipping industry provide a unique insight into why they've succeeded and what powers global growth." - Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's Analytics

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From iPhones, commodities to clothing, the shipping industry is both a major forward looking and backward indicator of the global economy and I'm not just talking about the Baltic Index. You need to look what's inside those containers.  By looking at what's being transported, and how of a product is being moved can give you a good barometer on the health of that economy. How else would some of these titans have seen the China slowdown months before the markets?

In "Dynasties of the Sea" these captains of industry offer their unique perspective on the headwinds facing the industry, their outlook on the global economy, sovereign debt crises, where they see opportunity and how they are leading in this "new normal".

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Dynasties of the Sea is a fantastic read.
Sarah
It appears that much of the text was dictated and loosely transcribed rather than written.
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DynastiesOfTheSea is a must read for everyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on November 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dynasties of the Sea is a fantastic read. As someone in the early stages of my career, I found the book to be full of great advice about what it takes to become a successful leader - not just in shipping, but in any business. The narrative contains an interesting blend of old world stories, such as the family lessons Intercargo's Nicholas Pappadakis takes to heart, and is relevant to the 21st century, with anecdotes like Peter Evensen's implementation of social media into Teekay's business practices. The book reads as if these shipping legends are personally sharing their stories with you. Great fun!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward N. Stoner on December 5, 2012
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This is an excellent overview of many of the characters in the current world of shipping. I found that it was directed to the personalities that were successful and I found it fascinating. The author is clearly expert on the subject. I have met John Fredriksen and Tor Olav Troim and thought that, for those who had not met them, this book was a good introduction. For an investor, it is good to know the people that you have invested with. So, if you are investing in Seadrill, Frontline 2012, North Atlantic Drilling, Golar, Golar Partners, Seadrill Partners, Ship Finance or any of the other companies related to these two gentlemen, well, this book is a fun read. And useful. Enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maren Engh on November 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
From the preface to the end of the book, some of the biggest legends in shipping provide beautiful, enticing stories that make shipping the dynamic industry that it is. It's an easy read and each story makes you want to learn more about the exciting world of shipping as well as meet the men and women involved.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Albert Fish on November 20, 2012
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In spite of the fact that this was recommended by Donald Trump, I decided to read it anyway.
In the spirit of Trump, this book on shipping dynasties has proven to be equally superficial. Many interesting people were interviewed by Ms. LaRocco, but instead of historical depth, we are presented with a few pages of reminiscences about the old times, especially those times when a handshake was as good as a contract.
Each of these shipping magnates takes the opportunity to bash politics and regulations at every turn.
My biggest issue with the book is that fact that on almost every page of the Kindle edition, spaces were left out between words and sentences. Spell check, anyone?
The book is entertaining, but don't expect much insight into how these people became successful, anymore than you would learn how to be a real estate developer by reading one of Trump's books.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John on April 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
In the past few decades Marine Money has become the premier organization for joining the world of shipping and high finance. Marine Money's experience, knowledge and network of financial titans makes it a battleship of authority within the shipping industry and the book reads as if the entire battery of 20 inch guns have been aimed at the most influential names in shipping with an order to tell the truth OR ELSE! Of course, firepower is not MarineMoney's method for getting the likes of John Fredriksen to talk candidly. They answered LaRocco's difficult questions with honesty for another reason... in return for a debt of gratitude for her years of hard honesty as a CNBC journalist and for the stellar track record of her publisher, Marine Money.

I believe I share the enthusiasm of an entire industry in saying I'm thrilled Marine Money is now publishing books. I'm even more thrilled that its first two titles, The Shipping Man and Dynasties Of The Sea, maintain the high standards and readability of the magazine. Both are destined to become shipping classics. These reasons alone should be enough to compel you to purchase the book but, if you still need to be convinced, please note that both books are also fun, page-turning, reads.

-John Konrad, Author of Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James East VINE VOICE on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Unlike a typical biopic in movie form about the life of a well-known or interesting person, this book consists of brief biopics in written form of the movers and shakers in the shipping industry. The book is organized into 20 Chapters of interview style of ship owners, ship operators, ship financing, to ship managing companies.

In all one will get a sense of the shipping industry history and more so of the last five (5) years from boom-to-bust in the business. What was striking in the comments of some folks was that they knew the history of the boom/bust cycle but could not help themselves -- I guess. For example, there is nearly unanimous consensus that to make money in the industry it is all tied to the price one pays for the asset (ship). However, one (or more) of the biopics recognizes that one 'mover' bought from another 'shaker' at the peak meaning that one of the was wrong. Also, since the book was published at least one company highlighted has now declared bankruptcy.

Overall, an enjoyable read about the shipping industry and a recommended read if you every have thoughts about investing in shipping. Also recommended:

The Shipping Man by Matthew McCleery
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austin Sperry on November 21, 2012
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I am new to the "Blue Water" transportation sector so I decided to read this book. The shipping magnets which were interviewed, provided interesting insight in regards to their abilities to navigate the volatile world of shipping. The world of shipping finance and its ever present European influence was depicted by LaRocco when interviewing Dagfinn Lunde. Robert Bugbee the larger than life President of Scorpio Tankers gives his insights on the importance of momentum. There are valuable nuggets if information packed into this well written book covering modern day shipping titans.
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