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An excellant book that is at times laugh out loud funny.
John McPhee has a unique investigative journalist style that I personally find very enjoyable, and he generally picks interesting topics to "meander" through.
This is an older book (1991 time frame) about the US Merchant Marine by one of my favorite non-fiction author's John McPhee.
I like this book for several reasons:
It is realistic: sorts "g" rated for a ship.
You see, I shipped for Lykes Bros through the National Maritime... Read more
Merchant man's birds eye view of life at sea and in the waiting room waiting to sign on. It's a sturdy and fascinating tale.Published 7 days ago by Eleni
Jersey Boy Mcphee is no Melville but he 'll do till one comes along. Great writing, interesting subject.Published 1 month ago by Rocco J.
McPhee wraps the fate of the American shipping industry into the personal stories of the Captain and Crew of a cargo ship. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John M. Beasley
John McPhee is my all time favorite writer, I own this hard cover copy but put it on my husband's Kindle so he can read and reread this book as a handicapped sighted person who... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Harriet Pashman
The book is mostly about how the US merchant marine has essentially dissapeared, the misery of trying to find jobs and a bit more on the life aboard ship. Interesting book.Published 8 months ago by LIFTMAN
The tone was a little bit uneven, but I really enjoyed reading this book. Seems to be well researched and it provides lots of insight into a world that few know anything about. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DDT
This is an older book (1991 time frame) about the US Merchant Marine by one of my favorite non-fiction author's John McPhee. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gene Bowker
It doesn't matter what the subject is--if John McPhee wrote it, it's worth reading. You may not care about the merchant marine; you may not even know what the merchant marine is;... Read morePublished 12 months ago by OldNewEnglander