9781476745978

Barons of the Sea

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9781476745978

There was a time, back when the United States was young and the robber barons were just starting to come into their own when fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business—one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade. But the journey by sea to New York from Canton could take six agonizing months, and so the most pressing technological challenge of the day became ensuring one’s goods arrived first to market, so they might fetch the highest price. Author: Steven Ujifusa (Simon & Schuster, July 2018, HC, 448 pp)

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