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Deep Sea and Foreign Going [Format Kindle]

Rose George
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There are 40,000 freighters on the seas. Between them they carry nearly everything we eat, wear and work with. And yet this massive global industry has remained largely unexamined: it passes by out of sight for most of us and, through the 'flags of convenience' system, its dubious practices often slip under the radar of regulators. In this unique investigation, Rose George travels the high seas with their powerful naval fleets, pirate gangs, and illegal floating factories, and visits the ports and their land-bound dockworkers, tycoons, missionaries, stevedores, border control guards, and ship-spotters. She meets the beachcombers who track the 10,000 containers that are lost every year, the robots who are gradually replacing human crews, and the environmentalists campaigning against the tide of marine pollution. Intrepid, informed and tenacious, George steers a sure course through the murky, character-rich waters of international shipping.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What everyone should know 7 décembre 2014
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At last a book that sets out the tremendous debt we all owe to seafarers without whom we would be without most of the articles we consider essential to our daily lives, not least FOOD. And at what cost! No 9 to 5 routine for the merchant seaman....with the reduced crew sizes on ships, he could be on call 24/7, and he could be away from home and family for many months at a time. Yet how many of us realise the human cost of supplying our needs? And how many penny-pinching urban authorities, shipping agents, chambers of commerce, wholesale distributors and many more fail to contribute the smallest amount of cash towards providing these seafarers with a minimum of comfort/services during the few hours they spend in our ports. Every port should have a welcoming centre in which the seafarer can relax, contact his family and some human warmth after many weeks at sea. Like the author, I have made several trips on cargo ships and listened to the seamen recounting horror stories that no trade union on shore would accept. I encourage you to read this book and appreciate the hardship experienced in order to get your T.V.s, fruits, clothing etc. to you - and if you live in a port, check and see if there is a seamen's centre there and if not, why not!.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is also listed under another title 1 août 2014
Par MO - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is also listed under another 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 .
They are the same book, from the previews of the same pages I have read in both.
the publication dates are a month apart.
Have no idea why a re-title and separate listing was necessary.
The used hardcover of the other title is less expensive.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating read 5 octobre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was an easy and enjoyable read, getting a view into a world that I knew basically nothing about. The writer takes a journey on a container ship and an anti-pirate vessel; and tells the story very well. The narrative does jump between the two ships a bit abruptly, but the book is hard to put down.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant 30 septembre 2014
Par bookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This brilliantly written and researched book brings into sharp focus the dark blue empty expanse that we glimpse from our airplane windows, or more likely see on our screens as we glide slowly by. We might think that expanse has nothing to do with us, but anyone reading this book will soon discover otherwise. The facts and numbers revealed are truly astounding, covering anything from the sheer volume of stuff transported, to the capture of ships by Somali pirates, and practices within the industry (or lack of) that make life on land seem like a positive paradise.

The anchor to the book that holds its parts together is George's journey aboard a cargo ship from Felixstowe to Singapore. With her expertly honed and evocative style, she manages to bring out all the colour in the day-to-day drudgery of the sea life that she was able to experience first-hand, and all that she learnt from the crew who were her only company for five weeks. She seamlessly weaves this with a historical exploration of life at sea and in the ports, focusing perhaps most importantly on what it means to be a seaman in the modern day, and imbues the reader with a newfound respect for those that do this brave, lonely, and often thankless job.

My only criticism (and it is a minor one) is the title, which I found vaguely misleading. Yes, she goes inside the shipping industry which, yes, does bring us 90% of what we own, but this is by no means the book's sole focus. And though the book is deeply revealing in an array of aspects, those wanting to learn about the nuts and bolts of the shipping industry specifically, could be forgiven for wanting a little more detail than the title might suggest.

But as a highly informative and evocative travelog mixed in with a broad sweeping hand over shipping and life at sea, this book is first class.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK.... But... what about business aspects? 29 avril 2014
Par Rob Yates - Publié sur Amazon.com
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OK.... but not enough emphasis on the commercial/financial aspects of the admittedly obscure global container shipping business. Quite elucidating about on board ship life.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating insight into the modern world of container shipping - not at all dry! 28 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Absorbing and illuminating on the contemporary maritime industry with lots of interesting information on the dark side of shipping, especially the abysmal conditions of work for sailors and the dangers of piracy. You might want to read this after reading "The Box" a history of the shipping container and it's immense impact on the modern global economy.
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