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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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Genres:

Travel

Description:

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

Narrators:

Jonathan Marosz

Length:

7h 49m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:32


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:12


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:16


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:00


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:26


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:07


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:29


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

01:31


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:03


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:58


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:23


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:39


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:49


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:47


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:30


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:23


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:34


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:30


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:57


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:08


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:02


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:19


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:57


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:48


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:55


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:04


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:46


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:49


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:52


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:41


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:45


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

01:31


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:34


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:26


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:50


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:37


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

01:07