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by John Pollack

ePub Cork Boat download
Author:
John Pollack
ISBN13:
978-0375422577
ISBN:
0375422579
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Publisher:
Pantheon; 1 edition (January 6, 2004)
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Europe
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1300 kb
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Cork Boat tells the story of Pollack's improbable quest. John Pollack, your typical guy with atypical dreams, sets out to build a boat made entirely of wine corks. Blows your mind, doesn't it?

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. Blows your mind, doesn't it?

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John Pollack (born c. 1965) is an American originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan who served as a Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Speechwriter for Bill Clinton, as a foreign correspondent. 1965) is an American originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan who served as a Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Speechwriter for Bill Clinton, as a foreign correspondent, and as an advisor to leaders and philanthropists. Now a consultant, Pollack is a noted authority on analogy, wordplay, creativity and innovation.

John D. Pollack Cork Boat tells the story of Pollack’s improbable quest.

Cork Boat tells the story of Pollack’s improbable quest.

Pollack, John, Boats and boating, Cork. New York : Patheon Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by SeanFagan on February 10, 2012.

165,321 corks1 boatMost people have childhood dreams; few ever pursue them

165,321 corks 1 boat Most people have childhood dreams; few ever pursue them. In Cork Boat, Pollack tells the charming and uplifting story of this unlikely adventure.

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165,321 corks 1 boat Most people have childhood dreams; few ever pursue them

165,321 corks 1 boat Most people have childhood dreams; few ever pursue them. In Cork Boat, Pollack tells the charming and uplifting story of this unlikely adventure

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.
  • This book was recommended in Amazon's book travel section of PORTUGAL, so I purchased it
    in view of my upcoming river cruise on the Douro. I timed reading it such that I finished while
    on the river....which turned out to be meaningful , as I had hoped.
    The book is really interesting and spends a lot of time on the planning and execution of
    building the boat, more than the actual cruise itself....nevertheless I found it delightfully
    helpful in appreciating the goal that had been reached by Mr. Pollack. The river is
    wider than I'd expected such that I gained a new appreciation for the difficulties he
    found in beginning the journey and navigating those challenging waters. I recommend it
    especially for travelers to this country or those who like to cruise. It also contains thoughtful
    human interest discoveries about relationships. Interestingly, despite the proximity of the event (as well
    as Wikipedia's claim that the cork boat is now situated in Portugal), the cruise and on-site tour directors
    knew absolutely nothing about it, but later affirmed it having googled it online.
    I noted in my trip evaluation that mention of it on future cruises might be an item of interest
    to travelers.

  • I loved this book. I read it right after returning from my own trip up and down the Douro River in Portugal (on a commercial river boat not built of corks). John Pollack is an entertaining writer and this story of his dream and then his culmination of that dream decades later is as gripping as a novel. It makes me want to go back to Portugal to see the Cork Boat and revisit the Douro River with new eyes.

  • Just off a Viking River of Gold cruise where on last meeting, the program director mentioned this book. I wish I'd known about it sooner as the last half of the book covers towns and villages on our route. This is a feel good read about dreams and perseverance. Live the " Lock" with these cork boat dreamers while going through one of the river's five locks.

  • This is one of those stories you wouldn't think was true if you didn't see the pictures. That someone would take the time and energy to build a boat from wine corks is incredible, but to read what happens once the boat has been built is even more unbelievable. Although I'm usually too practical to support wackiness just for the sake of it, I couldn't help but be swept up in this adventure, if only because so few people take a childhood dream and run with it. The begining of the book, dealing with time spent in Washington DC, didn't interest me much, but once the boat began being built, I was on board.

  • Start your new year off with a heartwarming, inspirational, TRUE story! At turns joyful, soul-searching, and just flat-out entertaining, this book was one I simply could not put down, once I opened it. In my eagerness to keep reading, I had to drag it around town with me, and read during every spare minute (including waiting for children at various activities, while getting a manicure, and even while pumping gas). This one will definitely keep you engaged until the very last page.
    John Pollack, your typical guy with atypical dreams, sets out to build a boat made entirely of wine corks. Blows your mind, doesn't it? We all have dreams, but this one is so far out there, you doubt it can be achieved by any mortal man (or woman). Well, the author proves otherwise. It won't spoil the book to tell you that he eventually succeeds, but you'll definitely want to read it for yourself, to see how he does it. And not only does he build the boat, he lets us ride along on his journey through Portugal, as he sails it down the Douro River.
    Along the way, he includes humorous stories of his childhood, his adventures as a writer in Washington D.C., and the challenges of even *finding* 165, 321 corks in the first place. I'm sure that every time I open a bottle of wine, I'll be reminded of this book, and all that was accomplished. Even though this book chronicled something that I will never, ever do, I felt like I was part of the experience - and when I finished reading, I was truly inspired to pursue some of my own neglected dreams.
    In summary: just a tremendous book, overall - for the captivating and charming story, the excellent writing, and the inspirational tone. Do yourself a favor and read it - and afterwards, you'll feel great!

  • Great true story - prompt delivery

  • John Pollack has the unique ability to tell a story that both captures the heart and mind. As a wine maker, collector and consumer I couldn't help but to be captivated by his epic journey and the challenges he endured along the way. As fun as the book was and as entertaining the story, Pollack leaves his reader with a few nuggets of wisdom based on his life experience that alone make the book worth reading. For me, the quote I will ponder and carry with me always is, "The hard knocks are inevitable. The good times, the dreams, those you have to reach for." Thank you, John Pollack, for keeping your readers focused on the positives and reminding us that no matter how hard life may be our childhood dreams are worth pursing. If nothing else, we owe it to ourselves to know what is our potential.

  • Quick uplifting read. Never abandon your dreams no matter how silly they may be.