The box that built the modern world.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

The box that built the modern world.

A really fascinating, detailed, and well-written article about something none of us thinks about but has made our lives infinitely better.


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One comment

  • joe

    I look at these containers with a sense of ambivalence, in a society that has as much engineering might as ours, the container and container transport would have happened no matter what, it is a double edged sword in that it is great for free markets but not so great for local U.S. manufacturing. I like open markets and free trade, but its almost too easy to have it made somewhere else where pay scales are much less even though American productivity is generally higher than in third world manufacturing centers. However, those pay scales are rising in china and that production will shift to other economies and this cycle will eventually even out at some point with the U.S. getting some of that production back. I think that the container is definitely one of the catalysts that sped up globalization and put many American workers out of a job!, but hopefully Asian workers will unite to press for higher wages and living standards that should come from hard work and advanced engineering at all levels from modern plumbing to modern medicine and modern manufacturing, much of this can only happen if you get rid of despotic governments and the crony capitalists that come with them!

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