Books: Cork Boat: A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever BuiltWhy I am recommending this book:
As a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, Pollack was inspired to promote the value of whimsy and the importance of bringing people together to simply have fun. This charming account of his experience building the worlds first boat made out of corks and then sailing it down the Douro River in Portugal, provides an opportunity to be truly transported!
Most people have childhood dreams; few ever pursue them. At the age of 34, John Pollack quit a prestigious speechwriting job on Capitol Hill to pursue an idea he had harbored since the age of six: to build a boat out of wine corks and take it on an epic journey.
In Cork Boat, Pollack tells the charming and uplifting story of this unlikely adventure. Overcoming one obstacle after another, he convinces skeptical bartenders to save corks, corrals a brilliant but disorganized partner, and cajoles more than a hundred volunteers to help build the boat, many until their fingers bleed. Hired as a speechwriter for President Clinton midway through construction, Pollack soon has the White House saving corks, too. Ultimately, he and his crew set sail down the Douro River in Portugal, where the boat becomes a national sensation. Written with unusual grace and disarming humor, Cork Boat is a buoyant tale of camaraderie, determination, and the power of imagination.