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

Book - 2011
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A journalist recounts his investigation into the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys in the ocean, a whimsical journey that pulled him into the worlds of shipping conglomerates, Arctic researchers, maverick sailors, and Chinese toy-factory workers.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022199
Characteristics: 402 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.


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ser_library Aug 02, 2013

reads like a blog with a few facts added

zavirani Dec 15, 2011

A pretty disappointing book all around. Hohn had the opportunity to tell a great story about the bath toys, comment on the environmental threats facing our oceanic ecosystems, and tell a personal story. Instead he threw together a horribly disjointed rant with a few funny comments here and there.

Half the time he's just describing and telling the reader how he feels. The rest of the time he briefly comments on a certain topic before randomly changing to another (eg. one second he's talking about ocean currents while on a boat in the pacific, the next he's talking about playing with his toddler in NY).

Most of all, there is little commentary about the bath toys themselves. He mentions them in passing, but really doesn't go anywhere with that theme. Great title and byline, but a very disappointing read.

debwalker Mar 21, 2011

Trackiing 28,800 bath toys that fell off a ship - and a warning of distrastous things to come resulting from the pollution of our oceans.


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"The problem is that in the universal propaganda arms race that has manifested from the disinformation age, no one trusts anyone, and doubtful citizens are free to luxuriate in distractions, while overconfident citizens are allowed to pick and choose whichever factoids and sound bites confirm their self-serving predispositions."


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