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To Rule the Waves: How Control of the World's Oceans Shapes the Fate of the Superpowers Kindle Edition
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This is nothing short of a masterwork...There is true knowledge on every page.-- "Evan Osnos, National Book Award-winning author" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- ASIN : B08BZXKQKB
- Publisher : Scribner (14 September 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 7904 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 329,558 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But on the other hand this is the only book I have ever read that can’t possibly have been edited. Proofread, yes (I only found one error). But for accuracy? Not at all. This wasn’t as evident in the beginning of the book but as I got farther in, the number of inaccuracies multiplied to the point where there was sometimes a howler every few pages. Here is just a sampling of the dozens of careless mistakes I encountered:
“The exception is the poles, where the ice caps and the sea ice are (until recently) covered with snow year-round. As the atmosphere warms, some of that snow cover melts, exposing the terrain, much darker than the snow” - Except that there is no terrain under the North polar ice cap – it’s only floating ice.
“But carbon is of course also a naturally occurring chemical in the atmosphere” – Except that carbon of course is an element, not a chemical.
“The project attracted excitement and attention—in part due to the lyrical writing of a journalist assigned to cover the story for Life magazine, a young John Steinbeck.” – Except that Steinbeck was 62 years old when he wrote this article; he died six years later.
“Somewhat less famous, but arguably the most influential marine biologist of the modern era, was Jane Lubchenco” - Except that she’s still alive, working, and influential.
“Petroleum is not the first fuel that industrialized societies have extracted from the oceans; that distinction belongs to the oil that comes from rendering the fat of sperm whales” – Except that it was extracted from many other species of whales as well.
“For the past hundred and fifty years, the main story of energy was the story of oil” – except that oil was only one of several sources of heating and lighting energy in the 1800s and did not become a meaningful fuel for ships or locomotives and the advent of automobiles until the 1900s, decades later.
“And many of them don’t carry the Automated Identification System transponders—ships’ equivalent to airplanes’ black boxes” – Except that an aviation black box is a device for recording data relevant to accident investigations and does not function as a real time location transponder.
And then there’s just sloppiness, like these examples:
“submarines are designated SSN; those that can launch nuclear weapons are designated SSBN. The SS signifies submarine; the G denotes a guided missile; and the N tells us that the submarine is nuclear-powered” – Except the acronym the author is explaining is “SSBN,” and the B stands for ballistic missile.
“Inside, the room is roughly thirty feet square, with an eight-foot ceiling. The walls and ceiling are painted black, which helps absorb the heat from a huge amount of computing power (plus up to two dozen bodies crowded into this small space) and keeps things dark” - Except that thirty square feet would mean a six by five foot room – those two dozen bodies must have been crowded indeed.
In one chapter, the footnotes signaled in the text are designated by both Arabic and Roman numerals and are sometimes out of order – and then the footnote text doesn’t appear at all at the end of the chapter.
“From the boardwalk that flanks the offices of the most senior leaders of the Chinese Community Party” – Except that he meant the Chinese Communist Party.
“Perim Island is a small, crab-shaped island in the Red Sea, two miles deep and three miles wide” – Except that I’m guessing he means wide rather than deep.
I can’t imagine how this book got into print in the form it’s in. It needs to be withdrawn, properly re-edited, and then reissued.