On 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 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. 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 antipiracy 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 civilization.
“Consistently absorbing...Timely as well as deft...George's spirited book cracks open a vast, treacherous and largely ignored world.” (The New York Times)
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Not exactly what I expected….
Overall I am glad I read this book. It had a lot of information but not exactly what I expected. I expected more info about the chain and detail of transporting t shirts, food, construction materials, etc. But on the other hand, I learned about whales, merchant marines, surviving at sea. Like I said, it could be me.
Yes and no. Depends on what they are interested in.
The Captain of the Kendall…..
It was worth reading because in the book there was a saying (gem of wisdom) that has served me well. Thank for that!
- reyna khan