"Engrossing and revelatory... George not only explores a little-known world of commerce but also introduces readers to the many people who make shipping possible. That she does so with great empathy and self-effacing humor, much like Mary Roach, makes her subjects especially appealing.... George's book is packed with telling anecdotes and detailed accounts, some funny, some shocking. If there's a downside to her seafaring, it's that it comes to an end too soon."
"--San Francisco Chronicle
""A fascinating account of the international ocean shipping industry and the arena it operates in, the largely ungoverned open seas."
--"The Seattle Times
""Mind-blowing... With its wide scope, voice of intellectual curiosity, and inter-ocean adventure, the book is reminiscent of Donovan Hohn's popular "Moby Duck.""
""Worth comparing to John McPhee's "Looking for a Ship.".. Offers a fascinating look at an anonymous industry affecting our daily lives, and gives a personal face to those working in that industry."
"--The Daily News" (Galveston)
"Consistently illuminating in-depth analysis... An eye-opening maritime expose."
""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
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