on October 11, 2009
While the history of the container is clearly and interestingly presented, the author goes into almost too many specifics in various chapters. This book could have been more interesting if presented in less than 150 pages, if enough unnecessary specifics were not included. There is almost too much time spent on the plight of longshoremen. It's easy to get bored while reading through a chapter in this book.
on July 25, 2006
I am a little too young to recall the old way of shipping goods by breakbulk, so was amazed to read the book and discover the painstaking process of loading and unloading ships, boxcars and trucks. The efforts unions went to to remain inefficient!?! It seems so obvious now that it was a huge was of human capital, but amazingly it took a lot of effort to get containers to take off. This book is mostly a business success story, but it also has elements of history and economics.