Box How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

ISBN-10: 0691136408

ISBN-13: 9780691136400

Edition: 2008

Authors: Marc Levinson
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Description: In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible.The Boxtells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about. Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. It recounts how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur, Malcom McLean, turned containerization from an impractical idea into a massive industry that slashed the cost of transporting goods around the world and made the boom in global trade possible. But the container didn't just happen. Its adoption required huge sums of money, both from private investors and from ports that aspired to be on the leading edge of a new technology. It required years of high-stakes bargaining with two of the titans of organized labor, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, as well as delicate negotiations on standards that made it possible for almost any container to travel on any truck or train or ship. Ultimately, it took McLean's success in supplying U.S. forces in Vietnam to persuade the world of the container's potential. Drawing on previously neglected sources, economist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed economic geography, devastating traditional ports such as New York and London and fueling the growth of previously obscure ones, such as Oakland. By making shipping so cheap that industry could locate factories far from its customers, the container paved the way for Asia to become the world's workshop and brought consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe.

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List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
The World the Box Made
Gridlock on the Docks
The Trucker
The System
The Battle for New York's Port
Union Disunion
Setting the Standard
Takeoff
Vietnam
Ports in a Storm
Boom and Bust
The Bigness Complex
The Shippers' Revenge
Just in Time
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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