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

by Donovan Hohn

Moby-Duck

Hardcover, 402 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $27.95 | purchase

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A Whiting Writers Award-winning journalist recounts his investigation at the side of unexpected companions 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.

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