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List of Illustrations Preface Introduction 1. Valet Parking 2. A Carpet of Containers 3. Moving Cans 4. The Landlord 5. The Diesel Death Zone 6. The Union 7. The Employers 8. The Importer 9. The Shipper 10. Los Troqueros 11. The Hold Men 12. The Women 13. The Clerk 14. Security 15. The New Normal 16. Hawse Piper References Index

About the Author

Bill Sharpsteen is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Dirty Water: One Man's Fight to Clean Up One of the World's Most Polluted Bays (UC Press), and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Washington Post. He is also an award-winning documentary producer.


"Wildly enlightening ... Skillfully teases out the port's role within the global economy and how every American depends upon the people who make it work." Zyzzyva "Provides an engrossing tour of the place where your easy chair, your children's toys and the shirt on your back most likely came ashore." Wall Street Journal "A fascinating read." California Lawyer "A fine-grained view of how the world's trade is kept flowing." Onearth "Beautifully illuminating." Santa Barbara News-Press "An excellent and entertaining book." -- Bob Walch Bookloons Reviews

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