Ninety Percent of Everything

Ninety Percent of Everything

Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on your Back, Gas in your Car, and Food on your Plate

Book - 2013
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Revealing the workings and dangers of freight shipping, the author sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore to present an eye-opening glimpse into an overlooked world filled with suspect practices, dubious operators, and pirates.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2013
Characteristics: 287 p. ill. ; 25 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805092639 (hardcover)
0805092633 (hardcover)
Call Number: 388.044 GEORGE


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Nov 19, 2018

Interesting book, but one comes away with the notion that shipping is harmful to the earth (not to mention the people working in the industry), and the reader can't help but think that buying local is the way to go. Yet there is no discussion of the advantages to trade -- the human civilization started small, in agrarian societies, and once long-distance travel was available, we all benefited from trade advantages. Now it seems the pendulum has shifted back toward buying local after this look at the costs of long-distance trade as well as other considerations not discussed in this book, but surely there are costs to that as well. This book would have been stronger had it included more discussion of the tradeoffs of long distance shipping vs buying local.

Jane60201 Jun 01, 2014

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

Dec 11, 2013

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

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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