Ninety Percent of Everything

Ninety Percent of Everything : Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate

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Eye-opening and compelling, the overlooked world of freight shipping, revealed as the foundation of our civilizationOn ship-tracking websites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy. We buy, so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work.Freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the Internet, yet it is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, shipping revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system of "flags of convenience." Infesting our waters, poisoning our air, and a prime culprit of acoustic pollution, shipping is environmentally indefensible. And then there are the pirates.Rose George, acclaimed chronicler of what we would rather ignore, sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore on ships the length of football fields and the height of Niagara Falls; she patrols the Indian Ocean with an anti-piracy task force; she joins seafaring chaplains, and investigates the harm that ships inflict on endangered whales.Sharply informative and entertaining, "Ninety Percent of Everything" reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Metropolitan Books
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0805092633
  • 9780805092639
  • 153,957

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"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."" "--The Atlantic ""Fabulous." --"Time ""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." "--Kirkus Reviews "" ""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 storiesshow more

About Rose George

Rose George is the author of "Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate," "The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters" and "A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World." A freelance journalist, she has written for "The New York Times," "Slate," "Harpers," and the "Financial Times." She lives in more

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