Dynasties of the Sea is the first audiobook to examine one of the most powerful forces in global trade and economic development: world shipping and the magnates who drive the industry.
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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The Industry King of Free Trade
The audio version brought the book up to a whole new level
The depth of the characters introduced through industry short stories
A female twist to a dominant male industry - changing everyday
No particular moment
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
Excellent all around
The portraits of these titans of the shipping industry are cleverly and eloquently painted by author Lori Ann LaRocco, and the narration for this audio edition is authoritative and effective. Highly recommended for those with an interest in the subject. I never realized the shipping industry, and the complex capitalization behind it, was quite the gamblers' game that it turns out to be. Makes most other entrepreneurial risks seem quite trivial and tame by comparison. Learning this was alone worth the price of admission.
The elaboration of the "crap shoot" aspect of capitalization for international shipping, and the high-stakes complexities of the trade.
The narrator does an excellent job of rendering often complex material in an inviting and intuitively-compelling manner.
Once again, the complex and high-risk capitalization behind such ventures.
- Michael Norris