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5 Must-Read Books on the Shipping Industry

These groundbreaking books on the shipping industry have become must-reads. Read them and find out why.

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

The shipping container’s story of creation, struggle and triumph shows how a seemingly impractical idea can change the world.

Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate by Rose George

A firsthand account that reveals the sometimes-questionable practices and perils of the industry that powers the global economy.

The Business of Shipping by Ira Breskin

The authoritative guide, now in its ninth edition, is for newbies looking to learn the industry and seasoned professionals seeking fresh insight.

Liner Shipping 2025: How to Survive and Thrive by Lars Jensen

This primer focuses on the future of this complex industry and offers strategies to adapt business models for success.

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

The fascinating tale of how a clock that keeps precise time at sea made navigation and global trade possible.