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Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. März 2006

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One of the most significant, yet least noticed, economic developments of the last few decades [was] the transformation of international shipping... The idea of containerization was simple: to move trailer-size loads of goods seamlessly among trucks, trains and ships, without breaking bulk... Along the way, even the most foresighted people made mistakes and lost millions... [A] classic tale of trial and error, and of creative destruction. -- Virginia Postrel The New York Times Marc Levinson's concern is business history on a grand scale. He tells a moral tale. There are villains ... and there is one larger than life hero: Malcom McLean... Levinson has produced a fascinating exposition of the romance of the steel container. I'll never look at a truck in the same way again. -- Howard Davies The Times Like much of today's international cargo, Marc Levinson's The Box arrives 'just in time.'... It is a tribute to the box itself that far-off places matter so much to us now: It has eased trade, sped up delivery, lowered prices and widened the offering of goods everywhere. Not bad for something so simple and self-contained. -- Tim W. Ferguson The Wall Street Journal [A] smart, engaging book... Mr. Levinson makes a persuasive case that the container has been woefully underappreciated... [T]he story he tells is that of a classic disruptive technology: the world worked in one fashion before the container came onto the scene, and in a completely different fashion after it took hold. -- Joe Nocera The New York Times Mr Levinson... makes a strong case that it was McLean's thinking that led to modern-day containerisation. It altered the economics of shipping and with that the flow of world trade. Without the container, there would be no globalization. The Economist A fascinating new book... [I]t shows vividly how resistance to technological change caused shipping movements to migrate away from the Hudson river to other East Coast ports. Management Today Marc Levinson's The Box ... illustrates clearly how great risks are taken by entrepreneurs when entrenched interests and government regulators conspire against them. Even after these opponents are dispatched, technological and economic uncertainty plague the entrepreneur just as much as the vaunted 'first-mover advantage' blesses him, perhaps more. The story of the shipping container is the story of the opponents of innovation. -- Chris Berg Institute of Public Affairs Review International trade ... owes its exponential growth to something utterly ordinary and overlooked, says author Marc Levinson: the metal shipping container... The Box makes a strong argument... Levinson ... spins yarns of the men who fought to retain the old On the Waterfront ways and of those who made the box ubiquitous. -- Michael Arndt BusinessWeek [An] enlightening new history... [The shipping container] was the real-world equivalent of the Internet revolution. -- Justin Fox Fortune Marc Levinson's The Box is ... broad-ranging and ... readable. It describes not just the amazing course of the container-ship phenomenon but the turmoil of human affairs in its wake. -- Bob Simmons The Seattle Times Author and economist Marc Levinson recounts the little-known story of how the humble shipping container has revolutionized world commerce. He tells his tale using just the right blend of hard economic data and human interest... Mr. Levinson's elegant weave of transportation economics, innovation, and geography is economic history at its accessible best. -- David K. Hurst Strategy + Business The Box is ... an engrossing read... The book is well-written, with detailed notes and an index. I found it absorbing and informative from the first page. -- Graham Williams Sydney Morning Herald This well-researched and highly readable book about the ubiquitous containers that carry so much of the world's freight will no doubt surprise most readers with its description of the immensity of the impact this simple rectangular steel box has had on global and regional economics, employment, labor relations, and the environment... The Box makes for an excellent primer on innovation, risk taking, and strategic thinking. It's also a thoroughly good read. -- Craig B. Grossgart Taiwan Business Topics The ubiquitous shipping container ... as Mark Levinson's multilayered study shows ... has transformed the global economy. The Australian By artfully weaving together the nuts and bolts of what happened at which port with the grand sweep of economic history, Levinson has produced a marvelous read for anyone who cares about how the interconnected world economy came to be. -- Neil Irwin Washington Post Here's another item we see every day that had a revolutionary effect. The shipping container didn't just rearrange the shipping industry, or make winners of some ports (Seattle and Tacoma among them). It changed the dynamics and economics of where goods are made and shipped to. -- Bill Virgin Seattle Post-Intelligencer Excellent. -- J Bradford DeLong The Edge Financial Daily An engrossing read... The book is well written, with detailed notes and an index. I found it absorbing and informative from the first page. Sydney Morning Herald A fascinating history of the shipping container. -- Richard N. Cooper Foreign Affairs For sheer originality ... [this book] by Marc Levinson, is hard to beat. The Box explains how the modern era of globalization was made possible, not by politicians agreeing to cut trade tariffs and quotas, but by the humble shipping container. -- David Smith The Sunday Times Ingenious analysis of the phenomenon of containerism. -- Stefan Stern Financial Times This is a smoothly written history of the ocean shipping container... Marc Levinson turns it into a fascinating economic history of the last 50 years that helps us to understand globalization and industrial growth in North America. -- Harvey Schachter Globe and Mail This is an ingenious analysis of containerization--a process that, Levinson argues, in fact made globalization possible. Business Voice Using a blend of hard economic data and financial projections, combined with human interest, Levinson manages to provide insights into a revolution that changed transport forever and transformed world trade. -- Leon Gettler The Age There is much to like about Marc Levinson's recent book, The Box... Levinson uses rich detail, a combination of archival and anecdotal data to build his story, and is constantly moving across levels of observation... And the story of the box is a very good read. Administrative Science Quarterly A lively and entertaining history of the shipping container... The Box does a fine job of demonstrating how exciting the container industry is, and how much economists stand to lose by ignoring it. -- William Sjostrom EH.Net The Box is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in understanding the emergence of our contemporary 'globalized' world economy. -- Pierre Desrochers Independent Review [T]he insights the book provides make it a worthwhile read for anyone interested in how international trade in goods has evolved over the last 50 years. -- Meredith A. Crowley World Trade Review


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 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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Happy fiftieth birthday to the shipping container, that unexciting, unglamorous cog in the wheels of commerce that just so happened to change the world. Most people might have ignored the import of the box during the past half-century, but economist Marc Levinson offers an insightful tale that will help you appreciate this oft-overlooked advancement. If it weren’t for the container, Levinson argues persuasively, for good or ill, there could be no Wal-Mart and U.S. manufacturing jobs couldn’t have migrated to China. This history lesson recounts the box inventor’s quest and offers some subtle perspective for businesspeople struggling to foretell the future. At times, Levinson bogs down in the details of 1950s labor relations, but his work mostly moves quickly through the highs and lows of the container’s story. We recommend this revealing tale to anyone in the global economy.
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Man mag es nicht glauben und auch ich hatte meine Zweifel, aber "The box" ist ein hochspannendes Buch. Der Autor schreibt selbst, dass er auf Unverständnis gestoßen ist, wenn er beim Smalltalk erzählt hat, an was für einem Thema er gerade arbeitet, aber wie der Container unsere Welt für immer verändert und die Globalisierung erst so richtig ermöglich hat, wird hier super beschrieben.
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Von megana am 11. November 2014
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I have not yet finished reading this book, but the description lists it as the first book on the history of containerization. I would like to point out that in 2002 Frank Broeze published (posthumous) The Globalisation of the Oceans: Containerisation from the 1950s to the Present.
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Auf amazon.com hat das Buch eine 4.5 Sterne Bewertung. 26 Personen hatten 5 Sterne gegeben. Davon liess ich mich beim Kauf beeinflussen. Das Buch ist interessant, jedoch geht es vor allem um die Geschäfte und die Firmen des Malcolm McLean. Das Buch fokussiert (zu) stark auf die Anfänge des Container Shippings in den USA.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty fascinating 9. Juli 2016
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Found this book as a reference in Kaplan's book "Asia's Cauldron". With all the talk and analysis of the current situation in the south China sea, it is helpful to study international trade to get a better understanding of just what is at stake. This book provides a good starting point to understand the history of the container that brought about the increased velocity of international trade, and how certain ports became hubs for billions of dollars in commerce.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Video Killed the Radio Star... 14. Juli 2009
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... and the shipping container knocked down these:

Maritime cartels
Military bureaucracy and supply chain
Unionized first-world factory workers
Traditional (or historical) ports

In fact, if you are living in a city that was heavily unionized in 1950, and you are looking around and wondering, "What happened?"... this may answer the question.

"The Box" is HARDLY a glowing commentary on union responses to innovation and productivity enhancements. Nor does it reflect well on the ICC or the government standards board. The message of the book seems to be, if you are reactive, obstructive and slow to change, consider yourself outpaced and replaced. Immediately.

This book is more interesting than you would expect. It is hard to be alive in 2009 and try to imagine doing business in the 50's. Thanks, Marc Levinson, for a great read.

ps -- it would have been nice to have some charts, graphs, or good statistical analysis. Readers aren't afraid of that stuff. All the book's disclaimers aside, you could provide some before-and-after comparisons.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Global supply chains explained 13. August 2007
Von Ilya Grigorik - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's hard to dispute that containerization has dramatically altered the rules of the game: global supply chains, logistics, and outsourcing are all direct consequences of the massive trade flows enabled by modern containerships. Marc Levinson's account of this industry is an interesting mix of politics and history. A good section of the book is dedicated to labor disputes, and the general resistance of the dock workers and US unions to mechanization. In retrospect, they were worried for the right reasons, modern ports require very little human involvement and the days of breakbulk shipping are long gone. In all, 'The Box' offers a good mix of the politics, strategy, and historical research.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 10. Oktober 2016
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The true story that changed the supply chain.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 7. August 2016
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Worth to read!
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