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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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"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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Second, this book was poorly edited. Even the dust cover is cheaply printed and misaligned.
Now to the actual contents of the book: Definitely an interesting selection of shipping personalities. I had hoped the book focused on the history and background of these people, as well as their leadership philosophies. In most of the cases its just superficial interviews with each person, talking about how they see the market and what they expect for the future. This means the book is not timeless, focusing on the current down-cycle.
This book could have been much more. I still enjoyed it and some of the interviews are quite good reads.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an interesting and fascinating account of the shipping business which moves 90% of all goods in the world today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas Grover
No perspective, just endless name dropping and trivialities - really disappointing.Published 11 months ago by Mikkel Lund
Very informative book. I enjoyed reading it.
Negative point - some the illustrations are not very clear.
Quick shots on a really complex industry: insightful and a good reading to understand better reality and people who shape itPublished 19 months ago by Giammarco Tosi
A collection of essays chronicling the evolution of various power-players of the industry. For someone who's not in the field, it was both an interesting and a challenging read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ilya Grigorik
My husband ordered this and was very pleased with it. It came on schedule.,,and he seemed to enjoy reading it.Published on January 12, 2014 by Dora's unusual screenplay
The book is a must read especially for mariners, but anyone else also can enjoy the thrills of sea ! Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Sujoy Dey Sarkar