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Essential reading

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

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

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 - by David McCullough

Dangerous Waters:  Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas - by John S. Burnett

Seized: A Sea Captain's Adventures (Battling scoundrels and pirates while recovering stolen ships in the world's most troubled waters) - by Max Hardberger

The Tragedy of the Commons - by Garrett Hardin, Science magazine, 13 December 1968, full article  here 

The Petroleum Shipping Industry: A Nontechnical Overview - by Michael D. Tusiani

Maritime Economics (3rd ed.) - by Martin Stopford

The Long Way Home -  by Ed Dover

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900  -  by H.W. Brands 

Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road to Bankruptcy and Bailout, and Beyond -  by Paul Ingrassia 

Why Diomedes

The Diomedes Islands are a pair of sparsely populated rocky outcrops in the Bering Strait, between Alaska and Siberia. The islands are only 3.8 km (2.4 miles) apart, but are separated by the Russian/US border, which made them an obscure - but heavily guarded - outpost during the Cold War. 

In addition to their status as the convergence of continents and ideologies, the Diomedes Islands represent the complexity & nuance of international trade.  Divided by the International Date Line, Russia's Big Diomede Island is one calendar day ahead of Little Diomede in the U.S., despite the two islands being visible from each other.

The Diomedes Islands remain remote and largely unknown, but have a long history in the migration of people and ideas.  They are a symbol of cooperation and individuality, globalization and independence, and the promise of a new day - with all of the associated determination and opportunity.  

Lifting the Ice Curtain  - by Peter Iseman, New York Times Magazine, 23 Oct. 1988,  full article here

"Diomede Islands: Two Islands Split by the US-Russian Border and the International Date Line" - link here  (from: Amusing Planet - 28 February 2014)

Additional information, pics, data, and reports

The Oracle of impressive ship photos:

 Auke Visser´s International Super Tanker collection - full site here 


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