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Operating from Monaco to Hong Kong, London to Athens, Singapore to Oslo, shipowners and their financiers have changed the world in every way. From transporting agricultural products from Brazil to Africa and the Middle East, to delivering Australian iron ore to China, to carrying Middle East crude oil to Asia and the Americas, to carrying almost every article of clothing you are wearing and every electronic device in the world, ship-owners have enabled global economic development and helped raise the global standard of living.
While ocean shipping remains one of the most important businesses in the world, it is also one of the most volatile. Affected by such imponderables as weather and political upheaval, ship-owning cultures have maintained their commitment to an industry that has endured for centuries - and will continue to endure for centuries to come.
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By Robert on 12-29-13
The Industry King of Free Trade
Would you consider the audio edition of Dynasties of the Sea to be better than the print version?
The audio version brought the book up to a whole new level
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The depth of the characters introduced through industry short stories
What does Kitty Hendrix bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A female twist to a dominant male industry - changing everyday
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No particular moment
Any additional comments?
90% of the things we own at home and at the workplace were delivered by ship. A long history filled with many players throughout the world. A difficult subject rarely discussed and the book introduces the men and women that continue to make this industry a leader in Global trade. Well Done
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Sarah on 01-02-14
Enjoyable and informative
Dynasties of the Sea is a fantastic listen. As someone in the early stages of my career, I found the audiobook to be full of great advice about what it takes to become a successful leader - not just in shipping, but in any business. The narrative contains an interesting blend of old world stories, such as the family lessons Intercargo's Nicholas Pappadakis takes to heart, and is relevant to the 21st century, with anecdotes like Peter Evensen's implementation of social media into Teekay's business practices. Great fun!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful