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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

By Rose George, 1969-

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.

Format

Book

Availability

1 available at Blythewood
  • 338.044 Geo, Nonfiction
1 available at Wheatley (Shandon)
  • 338.044 G, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780805092639


Format: Book
Author: 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 / Rose George.
Publisher Date: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2013.
Subject: Shipping -- History Freight and freightage -- History.
Isbn: 9780805092639
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: 388.044 Geo
Oclc: 811597783
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Bib Id: 443398

Format: Book
Author: 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 / Rose George.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2013.
Description: 287 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Shipping -- History
Subjects: Freight and freightage -- History.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [267]-269) and index.
LCCN: 2013000293
ISBN: 9780805092639
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: 388.044 Geo