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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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"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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Top customer reviews
Learn about one of the most crucial industries on the planet, one most people never think of. Read this book !
This book will totally paradigm shift your conception about the sailors, the ships and the whole business; which it is for some but for others its life..!
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.