** Door to Door by Edward Humes

Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation‘s ambitious subtitle overreaches but the author delivers a wealth of information in a highly readable narrative: if you suspect transportation is a boring topic, you will be very pleasantly surprised. Most of the stories focus on Southern California ports, where the author is based, and we get to visit with the UPS district manager, the ship dispatchers who orchestrate the arrivals of container ships (these women have a lot of power!), and the anonymous crate operators (who unload 28 containers per hour, which boggled my mind). If you have ever wondered how your food, clothes, cars, gas, and electronic devices got to you, read this!

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