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The Shipping Man

The Shipping Man [Kindle Edition]

Matthew McCleery
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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When restless New York City hedge fund manager Robert Fairchild watches the Baltic Dry Cargo Index plunge 97%, registering an all-time high and a 25-year low within the span of just six months, he decides to buy a ship.

Immediately fantasizing about naming a vessel after his wife, carrying a string of worry beads and being able to introduce himself as a "shipowner" at his upcoming college reunion, Fairchild immediately embarks on an odyssey into the most exclusive, glamorous and high stakes business in the world.

From pirates off the coast of Somalia and on Wall Street to Greek and Norwegian shipping magnates, the education of Robert Fairchild is an expensive one. In the end, he loses his hedge fund, but he gains a life - as a Shipping Man. Part fast paced financial thriller, part ship finance text book, The Shipping Man is 310 pages of required reading for anyone with an interest in capital formation for shipping.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Marine Money International; 1 edition (22 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S4FTHW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Literarily Challenged 19 Nov 2013
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The Shipping Man is by no means a great literary work. The language style, while perhaps adequate within a business or banking setting, does not suit the literary format at all and remains at the skill level of an amateur writer. Adjectives are interspersed into sentences with complete gracelessness and efforts at exposition are awkward and clunky.

The characters are shallow and superficial and largely unsympathetic. The author has relied on some appalling national stereotypes for the Greek, German and Norwegian characters and was unable to describe any authentic or engaging characterisations or conversations. At the same time, the American "hero" is portrayed as simultaneously naïve, savvy, entitled and incredibly lucky--mythologies of the American character that seem derived more from Warner Brother cartoons and old Hollywood films than from any sense of reality.

The author has obviously visited shipping centres in Hamburg, Oslo, Pireaus and New York and seeded his novel with the addresses of relevant venues such as the locations of the Union of Greek Shipowners, five-star hotels, and maritime clubs, but even his characterisations of these locations lack any depth or meaningful insight. He seems to use these locations just as a name-dropper would --a day-tripper who pretends intimate experience solely to show off and hopefully to bolster his own credibility.

The hallow descriptions of locations, the empty shallowness and superficiality of the characters, and the material crassness and narcissism that serve as the underlying motivations of all the characters are together perhaps a disturbing and unattractive insight into the author's own world view.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vanity Project 21 Nov 2013
Very poorly written. Was not surprised to note that the author was CEO of the publisher. Agree that there are some terrible stereotypes in this book. This was obviously the vanity project of a company director that would never have seen the light of day in the competitive fiction marketplace. No real plot-- and characterisation of the shipping and ship finance sectors was not flattering at all. Would not do business with any of the people the author describes.
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Good little book but prose is stilted somewhat - anyone starting or wanting a career in Shipping should read it
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4.0 out of 5 stars When fiction is tied closely to Reality 14 May 2014
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A great book for someone wanting to engage in the world of shipping. Emphasis is given on the lifestyle of shipowners and how american private equity and hedge fund managers started noticing the upside potential of the industry as well as its immense risks.

It's a fictional book based on real events in the past decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars required reading 9 May 2014
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This book should be compulsory reading for anyone engaged in the shipping industry. Everyone in my team of shipping lawyers, at Eversheds, has read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 7 May 2014
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A great read. Really interesting characters and an I depth look at the shipping industry. not what I was expecting. Can't wait to read his next book
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