Book Synopsis: Meet the high seas risk-takers whose embrace of trade served billions! Dynasties of the Sea: The Untold Stories of the Postwar Shipping Pioneers tells the stories of more than a dozen men and women who built the great maritime companies that for the past half century have not only fed the world and kept the lights on in homes, factories, and businesses worldwide, but have helped raise a billion people out of poverty. With the incredible ships they built, the vessels they helped finance, the seafarers they trained and employed around the globe, these are the true heroes of the global effort to improve lives in every nation of the world. These are stories of risk-taking, bold decisions, and the investment of billions of dollars, by individuals, families, and businesses, not governments. The contributions these men and women have made to the growth of global trade have turned the hopes and aspirations of those who helped shape a post-World War II order into reality. Today, as protectionism is growing and trade barriers erected, and nations retreat from globalism, the stories in Dynasties of the Sea, as written by acclaimed author Lori Ann LaRocco, tell of the great prospects for mankind through the embrace of free trade. Dynasties tells us what it takes to succeed on the world stage, in the pursuit of global prosperity. Meet the women and men who helped change a world, including: Patriarch of a Greek shipping family: Miles Kulukundis Masters of the Americas: Felipe and Robert Menéndez Wall Street pioneer: Michael Hudner German success: Claus-Peter Offen A leader by example: Richard du Moulin Hong Kong Scion: Sabrina Chao And many more…


Opportunity Knocking


Book Synopsis: Known as the producer with the trillion-dollar Rolodex, Lori Ann LaRocco knows how to get business leaders and entrepreneurs to talk. Many of the world’s most well-known executives are so trusting of LaRocco, senior talent producer at CNBC, that she consistently gets scoops on billion-dollar deals before anyone else. In her newest book, Opportunity Knocking, LaRocco uses her close relationships with these organizational leaders to tell their stories—many of which have never been previously revealed, but offer brilliant insights into their minds.

In Opportunity Knocking, readers will learn the full stories and secrets of success from some of the world’s smartest, most innovative leaders, such as Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s strategy for creating a culture of promise that revitalized the American auto industry. This book provides real-world examples from leaders like Mulally and turns them into actionable, proven strategies for identifying and acting on opportunities.

What makes Opportunity Knocking stand apart is the diversity of individuals who offer real-world strategies and advice instead of just one person’s opinion or vision. From the assembly line to the C-suite, Opportunity Knocking will provide both inspiration and a blueprint for achieving success by recognizing the right opportunity—and seizing it.


Book Synopsis: Dynasties of the Sea is the first book to examine one of the most powerful forces in global trade and economic development: world shipping and the magnates who drive the industry.

Operating from Monaco to Hong Kong, London to Athens, Singapore to Oslo, shipowners and their financiers have changed the world in every way.

From transporting agricultural products from Brazil to Africa and the Middle East, to delivering Australian iron ore to China, to carrying Middle East crude oil to Asia and the Americas, to carrying almost every article of clothing you are wearing and every electronic device in the world, shipowners have enabled global economic development and helped raise the global standard of living.

While ocean shipping remains one of the most important businesses in the world, it is also one of the most volatile. Affected by such imponderables as weather and political upheaval, shipowning cultures have maintained their commitment to an industry that has endured for centuries – and will continue to endure for centuries to come.

Profiles include Jim Tisch, Loews Corporation; John Fredriksen, Frontline Ltd.; Angeliki Frangou, Navios Maritime Holdings; Peter Evensen, Teekay Corporation; Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group; Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., WL Ross & Co.; Dagfinn Lunde, DVB Bank; Morten Arntzen, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. and more.

The candid and detailed first-person profiles that comprise Dynasties of the Sea provide critical insight into the psychology of today’s generation of shipping magnates, from how they view risk – politically, economically and environmentally – to what they see transpiring in the world tomorrow.

Thriving In The New Economy

Book Synopsis: Survive and thrive in today’s economy.  These are make-or-break times for business leaders. In today’s defining moment, the “New Economy,” CEOs and other leaders in a wide variety of industries must face unprecedented conditions.Thriving in the New Economy gives you a unique look into some of today’s best economic and business minds. A series of close profiles, the book offers inspirational personal stories, useful advice, and actionable strategies you can use immediately to skirt financial peril, seize opportunities, and flourish in the New Economy.

• Profiles include financial publisher Steve Forbes, The Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle, Former National Economic Council Director and Former Special Assistant to the President on Economic Policy Lawrence Lindsey, former FDIC chair Donald Powell, Saks CEO Steve Sadove, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. President Jim Lentz, legendary vulture investor Wilbur Ross and more
• Looks at how leaders in economics, banking, automobiles, real estate, and retail are not just avoiding the unraveling economy, but actively evolving and growing their businesses
• Foreword by H. Wayne Huizenga; Afterword by Rudy Giuliani

If you’re looking for the way forward through today’s business wilderness, Thriving in the New Economy lets you in on how some leaders use challenges not just to survive but thrive.


4 thoughts on “Books”

  1. Hello Lori Ann,
    What is the name of the sculpture and building on the front cover of Dynasties of the Sea? The books seems fascinating! Thanks for your time, Peter


    1. Thanks for the question Peter 🙂 The sculpture is about the Ancient Greek Titan Atlas holding the heavens. I’m wrapping up the last of my interviews this week with James Tisch. The finish line is almost here and I have to say I am thrilled in how this book has unfolded 🙂 I can’t wait until it comes out 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s