06 Jan 2008

Shameless Post-Xmas Plug: The Box by Marc Levinson

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything, mostly because I’ve been too busy reading. One book that I just finished and I’ve decided is worth special mention is Marc Levinson’s The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. (Also available from Amazon.) The book deftly covers much of the economic, political, social, and technological evolution of the now-ubiquitious 40-foot “box,” and gives some fascinating insights into our modern, globalized society in the process.

If you are in the least bit a transportation geek, or if you have any level of curiosity about how the products you use every day get from the other side of the world to your door (and how the system that accomplishes this came to be), I highly recommend it.

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