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Cork Boat (Signed First Edition)

John Pollack

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ISBN 10: 0375422579 / ISBN 13: 9780375422577
Published by Pantheon, 2004
New Condition: New Hardcover
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New York: Pantheon [2004]. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. NEW/NEW. A pistine unread copy. SIGNED by author on title page. Seafaring. Non fiction. Case-Lwb. Bookseller Inventory # saylor17

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Title: Cork Boat (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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In the late 1990s John Pollack was working as a Washington speechwriter when, frustrated by the cynicism and hypocrisy on Capitol Hill, he quit his job to pursue a boyhood dream: to build a boat made entirely of wine corks and take it on an epic journey.

Cork Boat tells the story of Pollack’s improbable quest. Overcoming one obstacle after another, he convinces skeptical bartenders to save their corks, corrals a brilliant but disorganized partner, and eventually cajoles more than one hundred volunteers who help build the boat until their fingers bleed. Ultimately, Pollack completes his vessel of 165,321 corks and sets sail on a fantastic voyage down the Douro River in Portugal, where the Cork Boat becomes a national sensation.

In recounting these adventures, Pollack skillfully meanders through fascinating arcana, from the cork wars to the history of rubber bands (some 15,000 of which help hold his boat together). He also offers an insider’s look at the White House, where he was a Presidential speechwriter and enlisted navy stewards to save corks for the boat.

Written with unusual grace and disarming humor, Cork Boat is a buoyant tale of whimsy, adventure, and the power of imagination.

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“A Quixotic tale that made me chuckle—and brought a lump to my throat.”
—Witold Rybczynski, author of Home

“What can be more fun than a childhood fantasy realized and beautifully told? An absolute delight for sailors; for landspeople; for people like ourselves who delight in the simple, noble, and amusing cork, often the best part of the wine.”
—David and Daniel Hays, authors of My Old Man and the Sea

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