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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: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,345 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

From the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Dynasties of the Sea is a fantastic read.
Sarah
It appears that much of the text was dictated and loosely transcribed rather than written.
Sailor56
DynastiesOfTheSea is a must read for everyone.
sc

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8 of 10 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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14 of 19 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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5 of 7 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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Konrad 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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First off, the book blurb by Donald Trump,"Powerful!", come on... I bet he never even read the book. How is a book about shipping industry people supposed to be 'powerful' anyways?

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.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sc on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
DynastiesOfTheSea is a must read for everyone.Dive into the minds and set sail with the Worlds Greatest Shipping Magnates.See how shipping affects all of our everyday lives in such a huge way.Loriann captures the importance of Global Trade and sinks it into this Fascinating piece of work.!!As a sucessful businessman myself,it was great to read how conservatively they all have, and continue to run thier companies.Being prepared and able to foresee and handle cyclical moves is a MUST in any Business..!! While reading this book I cant help but think how similar it is to my upbringing,,Very important Life Lessons,Guidence,From my Parents. Work Hard,Be Honest,Be Good To Others..!! LoriannLarocco is a Talented Author,a Friend, I will recommend this book to everyone I see..!! Robby Conklin
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