Cover of: The Box | Marc Levinson

The Box

How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

Published by Princeton University Press .
Written in English.

About the Book

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. 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.--From publisher description.

First Sentence

On April 26, 1956, a crane lifted fifty-eight aluminum truck bodies aboard an aging tanker ship moored in Newark, New Jersey.

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Number of pages 390
Dimensions 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library OL7759049M
Internet Archive boxhowshippingco00levi_851
ISBN 10 0691123241
ISBN 13 9780691123240
Library Thing 674909
Goodreads 316767

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