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    Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them (Hardback) By (author) Donovan Hohn

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    DescriptionA revelatory tale of science, adventure, and modern myth. When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duck is a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity.


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    Title
    Moby-Duck
    Subtitle
    The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donovan Hohn
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780670022199
    ISBN 10: 0670022195
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RBKC, RG
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01, 10
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16630
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000, SCI052000, SCI030000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRV001000
    DC22: 551.46/2
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 551.462
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A57402000, A83255200
    DC21: 551.462
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GC231.2 .H65 2011
    LC subject heading: ,
    Publisher
    Viking Books
    Imprint name
    Viking Books
    Publication date
    03 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "The book [is] by turns light-hearted and serious but always a pleasure to read ... "Moby-Duck" is highly readable and, importantly, alive with a sense of intellectual curiosity. Indeed, what Melville did for whaling, Hohn has done for plastic bath toys lost at sea." -"The Boston Globe" "Hohn cleverly uses the deceptively whimsical premise of chasing a little plastic duck to provoke a massively complicated and thought-provoking conversation. Who knew spilled bath toys could be so important?" -"Chicago Sun-Times" " ... he writes always entertainingly, often gorgeously." -"Dallas Morning News" "Donovan Hohn ships out with an engaging Moby-Duck ... an exploration in every sense [Moby-Duck] will remind readers of the best of John McPhee and Ian Frazier. And maybe, even, of the weird and wonderful Herman Melville himself." -"The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer" ..". entertaining but also philosophic ... [Donovan Hohn's] quest is puckish, profo