The Box

How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger - Second Edition with a New Chapter by the Author

Ranked #2 in Statistics, Ranked #2 in Business Statisticssee more rankings.

In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. "The Box" tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.
Published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping...

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftI picked this one up after seeing it on a Wall Street Journal list of good books for investors. It was first published in 1954, but it doesn’t feel dated (aside from a few anachronistic examples—it has been a long time since bread cost 5 cents a loaf in the United States). In fact, I’d say it’s more relevant than ever. One chapter shows you how visuals can be used to exaggerate trends and give distorted comparisons. It’s a timely reminder, given how often infographics show up in your Facebook and Twitter feeds these days. A great introduction to the use of statistics, and a great refresher... (Source)

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Tobi Lütke Founder & CEO/ShopifyWe all live in Malcolm’s world because the shipping container has been hugely influential in history. (Source)

Jason Zweig This is a terrific introduction to critical thinking about statistics, for people who haven’t taken a class in statistics. (Source)

Daylon Soh I'm reading The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson. I'm hoping it'll help me understand containerisation as a mental model to be applied to business problems, hopefully for work. (Source)

Vicki Boykis Huff was a journalist, who tried to introduce how you can lie with statistics to people who may not be aware of this problem. It covers things like the typical ‘correlation doesn’t imply causation’, but also how random sampling works, how pie charts and bar charts can be misleading, and so on. It’s a must-read for anyone who works in business or in this industry in general. (Source)

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