The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger - Second Edition with a new chapter by the author 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition

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"There is much to like about Marc Levinson's recent book, The Box. . . . Levinson uses rich detail, a combination of archival and anecdotal data to build his story, and is constantly moving across levels of observation. . . . And the story of the box is a very good read.", Administrative Science Quarterly

"Ingenious analysis of the phenomenon of containerism."---Stefan Stern, Financial Times

"For sheer originality . . . [this book] by Marc Levinson, is hard to beat. The Box explains how the modern era of globalization was made possible, not by politicians agreeing to cut trade tariffs and quotas, but by the humble shipping container."---David Smith, The Sunday Times

"The Box reveals the subject to be interesting and powerful, shedding light on all kinds of issues, from the role of trade unions to the Vietnam War.", NUMAST Telegraph

"Mr Levinson. . . . makes a strong case that it was McLean's thinking that led to modern-day containerisation. It altered the economics of shipping and with that the flow of world trade. Without the container, there would be no globalization.", The Economist

"The Box is . . . an engrossing read. . . . The book is well-written, with detailed notes and an index. I found it absorbing and informative from the first page."---Graham Williams, Sydney Morning Herald

"This is a smoothly written history of the ocean shipping container. . . . Marc Levinson turns it into a fascinating economic history of the last 50 years that helps us to understand globalization and industrial growth in North America."---Harvey Schachter, Globe and Mail

"[A] smart, engaging book. . . . Mr. Levinson makes a persuasive case that the container has been woefully underappreciated. . . . [T]he story he tells is that of a classic disruptive technology: the world worked in one fashion before the container came onto the scene, and in a completely different fashion after it took hold."---Joe Nocera, The New York Times

"International trade . . . owes its exponential growth to something utterly ordinary and overlooked, says author Marc Levinson: the metal shipping container.... The Box makes a strong argument. . . . Levinson . . . spins yarns of the men who fought to retain the old On the Waterfront ways and of those who made the box ubiquitous."---Michael Arndt, BusinessWeek

"Marc Levinson's The Box is . . . broad-ranging and . . . readable. It describes not just the amazing course of the container-ship phenomenon but the turmoil of human affairs in its wake."---Bob Simmons, The Seattle Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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"An excellent piece of work."―Bruce Nelson, Dartmouth College --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File Size : 2201 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 531 pages
  • Publication Date : April 5, 2016
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; 2nd Edition (April 5, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B01772PS00
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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