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Ninety Percent of Everything

Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on your Back, Gas in your Car, and Food on your Plate
George, Rose (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Eye-opening and compelling, the overlooked world of freight shipping, revealed as the foundation of our civilization 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 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 civilization.
Authors: George, Rose, 1969-
Title: Ninety percent of everything
inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, and food on your plate
Publisher: New York :, Metropolitan Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Contents: At sea
Rotterdam-Le Havre
A ditch in a desert
Normal people with guns
Veiled faces in water
The merchant navy comforts service
The bride in the boat
Calves can swim
So remorseless a havoc
Ashore
ISBN: 0805092633
9780805092639
Branch Call Number: HE571 .G465 2013
Statement of Responsibility: Rose George
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Freight and freightage History Shipping History
Topical Term: Freight and freightage
Shipping
LCCN: 2013000293
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Jun 01, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting book about an unusual subject but sometimes got to be a little more than I really wanted to know.

Dec 11, 2013
  • looper46 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Like that sweater you got for your wife? Yes, its made in Bangladesh by sweat shop labor, but another reason its so cheap is that it cost 2.1 cents to ship it to the Bay Area. How about that can of Heineken you are sucking down after battling the crowds in the mall? Shipping cost from Holland to Bay Area: 1 cent per can.

Good book on shipping practices, dangerous, boring life, except when the pirates get you. You will dig it.

Sep 15, 2013
  • YOUR NEXT 5k rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rose George is a terrific non-fiction writer: I have often suggested her first book, "The Big Necessity," to readers looking for intelligent, accessible eye-opening non-fiction. I'm pleased to see that 90% of Everything is doing well, also.

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