Ninety Percent of Everything - Rose George

Ninety Percent of Everything

By Rose George

  • Release Date - Published: 2013-08-13
  • Book Genre: Sociology
  • Author: Rose George
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 43 Ratings)

Ninety Percent of Everything Rose George read online review & book description:

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.

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  • Great book marred by format error

    3
    By DocBook
    This is a fact filled, well written account of seafaring, grounded in sleek modern container ships but rich in history as well. But I was furious to reach the end, only to find pages and pages of unmoored footnotes without any attachment to the source text, like so many lifeboats packed with survivors, left to drift unread on the Sea of Forgotten Words. Really, guys, FIX this! It dropped my rating from 5 stars to 3, and this writing deserves equally good translation to iBooks.

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