Classic book of the month : The Box

Following our previous post on barrels, here is our classic book suggestion, this time on the shipping container.

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson was published in 2006.

The book tells the great story Malcom McLean, who perfected the shipping container, the ever present, always colorful box that fill our ports, trains and highways.  From a slow start, to global dominance, the book recounts how the box evolved and transformed the shipping industry.  A great read for both the novice and the expert.

Pierre Barrieau

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One thought on “Classic book of the month : The Box

  1. i believe former member of our committee Dr Arthur Donovan, Historian at the US Merchant Marine Academy, also produced a book on McLean at about the same time. the interstate system and the container had their 50th anniversaries in the same year. Art always felt that the container was a more important transportation event than the Interstate. He is probably right. from his resume’

    Publications
    The Box That Changed the World: Fifty Years of Container Shipping – An Illustrated History with Joseph Bonne

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