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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 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. The Box PDF By Marc Levinson
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.
Published in hardcover on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. Now with a new chapter, The Box tells the dramatic story of how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur turned containerization from an impractical idea into a phenomenon that transformed economic geography, slashed transportation costs, and made the boom in global trade possible.
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- Identification Number : B01772PS00
- Publisher : Princeton University Press; 2nd edition (April 5, 2016)
- Publication date : April 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3968 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 531 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,571 in Kindle Store
Bill Henderson Jr.
Seemingly Boring Subject Turned into Fascinating Story
August 19, 2017
What a great story! It’s hard to appreciate how this boring, ubiquitous thing – the shipping container rapidly crept into every facet of our lives. These things are relatively new but they’re everywhere. Levinson’s book shows you how the container was developed, how it spread, and what it’s used for. You’ll learn about the early pioneers and the companies they spawned, some of which are still around. Just as fascinating, Levinson describes the world before “the box” – you’ll be surprised how different transportation was in the recent past. There’s no moralizing here, he just presents the facts in an objective way and lets you see the world as it is. Levinson comes across as genuinely interested in the subject and it rubs off on the reader. This is a book I’ve lent to friends as “you’ve got to read this”. Everyone enjoys it. If you are a fan of human ingenuity or the history of engineering, international commerce, shipping, etc, you’ll enjoy this book too.
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Probably more than you wanted to know!
October 2, 2017
You probably never thought much about it, I would bet. Me neither. You know, those big, ugly metal boxes – take them off the ship with specialized cranes, bolt them to a truck or stack them two high on a flat bed train car and get them where they are going. And vice versa. What could be more obvious that needing a standard to build to so all the moving and structural parts function together? Well, it may be common sense in hindsight but to the longshoremen on the piers of New York who used to load and unload cargo, it certainly was nothing they ever wanted. Certainly something the trucking and train lines and competing shipping firms weren’t interested in solving.
The book delves into these issues and explores the many ramifications of the evolution of container shipping upon the economic, political and financial impact of the system. Fascinating stuff and I would have rated the book higher but it tends to be dry, repetitive stuff and at times the chapters seemed more like sequential essays than a book. You know it may be a bit too on the scholarly side when your kindle indicates that you are only 60% finished when you finish the last chapter. The remaining 40%? Notes, bibliography, and index. So, looking a for a very thorough examination of the topic? This is your tome.
O Bloody Hell
A bit dry but still interesting
November 10, 2019
This book is about shipping containers, not high adventure. So you expect it to be a bit on the dry side, and this it is, there are figures provided for consideration, but it’s much more than a mere recitation of figures. There are tales of events and the people involved, and how they succeeded in, faltered at, and in the process shaped the development of standardized container shipping in the course of 1950-2000. As the book mentions, it is sometimes hard to make direct comparisons to the amount and types of shipping, because such figures were rarely kept permanently by any central authority, and many many of the companies’ records disappeared as those companies fell by the wayside in the sharply competitive world of container shipping. These people may have been revolutionizing the world, but not many cared about documenting that revolution. And, as revolutions went, it was somewhat subtle how it developed, so no one in the history profession really thought, “Hey, we should record this for posterity!” and rescued records from disposal as one company took over its faltering competition. So, while it is clear that changes occurred, the full magnitude of them can only be speculated on and guessed at. Plus, apples-and-oranges is a clear problem, too. Is 500 tons of bananas the same as 500 tons of oil? Is 100 tons from The Netherlands to NYC the same as 100 tons from Japan to California? It is difficult to define metrics.
But the book provides an interesting overview of the early-mid days as the shipping container standardized, changed the nature of ports as well as the ships themselves, and made and broke many different companies in a field where fortunes could be made and lost based on a single wrong decision about the way development would occur.
The shipping container killed Detroit.
July 6, 2014
I found ‘The Box’ was absolutely fascinating. The story of the shipping container may have been largely ignored, but it explains so much about the onset of globalisation in late 20th century.
Until the mid 1960s, ocean freight was transported in breakbulk ships; the cargo manually jammed into the ships’ holds by teams of longshoremen. The process was laborious and time consuming. Major port cities like New York and London were structured around their docks, with factories near their ports to minimise the costs involved with the multiple handling and warehousing involved in transporting goods.
Then, a few pioneers started trying to move freight in containers. Within a few short decades, containers revolutionised world trade. Containers of goods could be seamlessly moved from a factory, between trucks, trains, and ships to customers. Where once it may have taken months to ship a product from the US to Europe, it can now take less than a week. Global trade skyrocketed!
Nobody predicted the enormous impact that containers were to have on the global economy. Once, firms concentrated their factories in one location to minimise transport costs. With the advent of fast, cheap and reliable container shipping, component manufacture was farmed out around the world to the cheapest supplier. The structures of port cities changed drastically, with whole longshore communities being destroyed, and factories moving to where land was cheap. Of course, countries in Asia soon became major manufacturing powers.
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