THE GREAT TRADE ROUTES: A History of Cargoes and Commerce over Land and Sea
Schnepf, Ed, Sea Classics
THE GREAT TRADE ROUTES: A History of Cargoes and Commerce Over Land and Sea Edited by Phillip Parker 324 ppgs; 10-in x 14-in; Illustrated in full color with maps, art, and photos; Hardback; ISBN 978-1591-335-2, $74.95. US Naval Institute Press, www.usni.org.
Ever wonder how rubber gets from a tree in South America into your car tire, or from where those tasty kitchen spices eminate? Well, here is the tome that tells it, the how and the why of international commerce in the Grand Dame of all coffee table show pieces - a huge, jam-packed, over-sized, handsomely packaged reference that reveals all you ever wanted to know about world trade routes, how they what they are, and why they helped shape today's economic world.
Published in the UK by Conway early last year, the US Naval Institute has released its version as a majestic reference filled with data, history, and development in a compelling easy-reading text that belies the book's educational portent. Each aspect of the world of ocean and inland commerce is written by scholars in the field, yet is so astutely edited by Parker that the transition from one topic to another flow with seamless authority. …