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It doesn't matter what the subject is--if John McPhee wrote it, it's worth reading.
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.
Interesting book about one who chooses to ship out and spend time working on the seas. Very enjoyable read, he takes you out there and explains the workings of a ship's crew.Published 2 months ago by Sops
Wonderful, interesting book. Learned quite a bit about the Merchant Marine and international ships.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Johnson
Very disappointed. Failed to grab me at all. I chose to read it because my father was in the Merchant Marine. This book gives no history or background of the MM at all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anne Martin
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 6 months ago by Eleni
Jersey Boy Mcphee is no Melville but he 'll do till one comes along. Great writing, interesting subject.Published 7 months 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 13 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 13 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 14 months ago by LIFTMAN