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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Rose George (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

“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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Inaccurate title; boring, disorganized book

I work in Supply Chain and thought this would be a good book to learn more about the industry. turns out it is just a story of a woman living on a container ship writing about whatever comes to her mind. she goes on for hours about topics like piracy, whale watching, whale exploding and whale conservation. all of which have little to do with the shipping industry. the interesting parts are of life at sea and what that is like, but again that is not about the industry. 2 stars.

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Comprehensive and Entertaining

This is a comprehensive look at this industry that has such a large impact on our lives. This book does not simply focus on one aspect, but a multitude of what affects this industry has on the climate, people, and the oceans themselves. I learned a lot, and enjoyed this audio book.

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Not exactly what I expected….

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

Would you recommend Ninety Percent of Everything to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes and no. Depends on what they are interested in.

Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favorite?

The Captain of the Kendall…..

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

It was worth reading because in the book there was a saying (gem of wisdom) that has served me well. Thank for that!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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