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Marc Levinson is the author of several books, including The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger (Princeton) and The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America. He was formerly finance and economics editor at The Economist and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Washington, DC.


"Winner of the Gold Medal in International Business / Globalization, Axiom Business Book Awards"
"[The] exploration of trade's future is particularly thought-provoking. . . . One lesson of Mr. Levinson's absorbing, centuries-long survey is that evolving global systems are always vulnerable to unexpected events."---Matthew Rees, Wall Street Journal
"Smart and exceptionally well-timed."---Justin Fox, Bloomberg
"Ostensibly a history of international trade through three distinct 'globalizations,' Outside the Box is most useful as a chronicle of how the pre-2008 model of complex, globe-spanning, just-in-time manufacturing has been exposed as fragile, inefficient, and opaque."---Mike Jakeman, strategy+business
Outside the Box
is an intriguing synergy of social-sciences analysis, a useful aide memoire, a captivating read. Marc Levinson synthesizes well and writes smoothly, with a light touch of irony-very smart non-fiction."---Linda Quest, International Social Science Review
"Marc Levinson's Outside the Box is a timely and fascinating discussion of globalization."---Andreas Grein, Journal of Economic Literature
"A valuable and stimulating contribution to the literature which can be profitably (and enjoyably) read by economist and non-economist alike."---Ian Harwood, Society of Professional Economists
"Levinson provides a captivating account of globalisation by interlinking historical events that we know a great deal about with more obscure ones. Globalisation is not over - just different. I, for one, am glad it is ongoing as it will allow Levinson to produce a follow-up book."---Alex Gray, Financial World
"This book is an interesting addition to the reading list of professionals and policymakers, which will help them think outside the box to integrate globalization and resilience for a sustainable global supply chain that is essential during this uncertain and challenging times. Nevertheless, this book can also serve as an idea-generating platform for academic readers in the field of globalization and international trade."---Satya Sahoo, Journal of Maritime Affairs

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