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Author Levinson, Marc.

Title The box : how the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger / Marc Levinson
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2006]


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Description xi, 376 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents 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
Summary "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 Box tells the 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, Malcolm McLean, turned containerization from an impractical idea into a massive industry that slashed the cost of transporting goods around the world."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography : page [343-363]
Notes Also available online (Table of contents)
Subject McLean, Malcolm Purcell, 1913-2001.
Containerization -- Economic aspects.
Containerization -- History.
LC no. 2005030021
ISBN 0691123241 (hardcover)
9780691123240 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Other Titles How the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger
The box