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Moby-Duck : The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them

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ISBN13:

9780670022199

ISBN10:
0670022195
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
3/3/2011
Publisher(s):
Viking Adult
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Summary

A revelatory tale of science, adventure, and modern myth. When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duckis a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duckis a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Going Overboardp. 7
The First Chasep. 29
The Second Chasep. 75
The Third Chasep. 147
The Fourth Chasep. 191
The Fifth Chasep. 231
The Last Chase, Part Onep. 269
The Last Chase, Part Twop. 309
Epiloguep. 371
Acknowledgmentsp. 379
Bibliographyp. 381
Notesp. 385
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