“Masterly . . . every page crackles with fresh aspects of marine and social history.”
All About Shipping
The American Club: A Centennial History is the story of one of the world’s most unusual nonprofit insurance companies, the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (known in the maritime world as the “American Club”), which provides liability coverage for oceangoing ships.
All About Shipping, a maritime-industry news service, describes the book as “fit to grace any coffee table, boardroom, captain’s table or shipboard library . . . . [it] articulately puts the evolution of the American Club in the context of ten dizzying decades of maritime, marine insurance and social history as it has affected the US and the whole world.” (Read the full review here.)
Because the American Club had relatively few pictures of its own, CorporateHistory.net’s challenge was to unearth visuals from 1917 to the present day. We turned up more than 200 eye-catching photos and artifacts that complement and extend the story. Sources ranged from an obscure US Coast Guard 1920s scrapbook, to US National Park files, to portraits of historic vessels snapped by ship photographers around the world.
Author: Richard Blodgett
Designer: Christine Reynolds
Illustrator: John Steventon
Photo Researcher and Editor: Marian Calabro
Hermes Gold Award
The American Club earned Gold honors in the international Hermes Awards competition, sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. CorporateHistory.net is proud to be the only corporate history book publisher to win this award in 2017.
Printing Industries of New England (PINE) Pinnacle Award
Against stiff competition, The American Club took top honors in PINE’s 2017 hardcover book category. In the judges’ words: “The entry must be flawless to win the Pinnacle Award.” Special kudos to the pros at Penmor Lithographers and Riverside Bindery for their fine craftsmanship.