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The Box:
How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
Marc Levinson

Short-listed for the 2006 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year
Winner of the 2007 Bronze Independent Publisher Book Award, Finance/Investment/Economics category
Honorable Mention, 2006 John Lyman Book Award, Science and Technology category, North American Society for Ocean History
Winner of the 2007 Anderson Medal, Society for Nautical Research
With a preface by the author

Paper | 2008 | $14.95 / £8.95
Cloth | 2006 | $24.95 / £14.95
400 pp. | 6 x 9 | 1 halftone. 1 line illus. 6 tables.

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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.

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 ico