"A fascinating account of the international ocean shipping industry and the arena it operates in, the largely ungoverned open seas."
--"The Seattle Times
""Rose George beautifully captures the surprising nuances of this little-known world: beauty and privation, pathos and greed, tragedy and hilarity. Her strong, spare, gleaming prose steams along, powered by curiosity, compassion, outrage. As a writer, a reporter, and a human being, George is--stand by for nautical term--First Rate."
--Mary Roach, author of "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal"
"For a modern seafaring adventure, there couldn't be a better guide than Rose George. Her intelligence, curiosity, and compassion shine through on every page to reveal a fascinating world that no one knows about, though it is fundamental to our economy and way of life."
--Chris Anderson, curator, TED Conference
"The two greatest stories are supposed to be 'A man goes on a journey' and 'A stranger comes to town.' In this enthralling, literally wide-ranging book, Rose George tells both: she goes on a voyage that few other journalists have accomplished, and she unveils the unknown seafarers who bring us all the world's goods. Her sympathetic, deeply reported, and unexpectedly poignant account reveals the private, prickly, brave tribe on which much of our daily lives, and most of the world's interlinked economies, depend."
--Maryn McKenna, author of "Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA
""To the classic incredible journeys--"Moby Dick," "Two Years Before the Mast"--Rose George adds another, her voyage round the world aboard a container ship, revealing what happens before the big bang of merchandise explodes from the high seas into civilization via cargo containers holding thousands of sneakers, millions of plastic bags, and trillions of other products."
--Curtis C. Ebbesmeyer, coauthor of "Flotsametrics and the Floating World
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