December 18, 2009

The Box

The first container ship was a a refitted oil tanker carrying 58 shipping containers on a voyage from Newark to Houston. Modern container shipping has come a long way since 1956, creating new deep water ports, giving birth to the trailer trucking industry, and making it possible to ship millions of tons of goods around the world in days, whether by ship or transport plane. This book tells the history of container shipping, focusing on how the practical idea of one man transformed not only the transportation industry, but also revolutionized global trade.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
Marc Levinson
TA 1215 .L47 2008