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Cork Boat

John Pollack

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:24


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:03