A World History
Kurlansky, Mark (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece. Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World , 1968 , and The Big Oyster . His newest book is Birdseye.
Authors: Kurlansky, Mark
Title: Salt
a world history
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
Characteristics: x, 484 p. :,ill., maps ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Kurlansky
Contents: pt. 1. A discourse on salt, cadavers, and pungent sources. A mandate of salt
Fish, fowl, and pharaohs
Saltmen hard as codfish
Salt's salad days
Salting it away in the Adriatic
Two ports and the prosciutto in between
pt. 2. The glow of herring and the scent of conquest. Friday's salt
A Nordic dream
A well-salted hexagon
The Hapsburg pickle
The leaving of Liverpool
American salt wars
Salt and independence
Liberté, egalité, tax breaks
Preserving independence
The war between the salts
Red salt
pt. 3. Sodium's perfect marriage. The odium of sodium
The mythology of geology
The soil never sets on ...
Salt and the great soul
Not looking back
The last salt days of Zigong
Ma, la, and Mao
More salt than fish
Big salt, little salt
ISBN: 0142001619
Branch Call Number: 553.63209 K96s 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 453-465) and index
Subject Headings: Salt Salt History Salt industry and trade History
Topical Term: Salt
Salt industry and trade
LCCN: 2004270006
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May 19, 2013
  • john1933 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author's "Cod" is an equally good read. A fascinating story about Portugal's long-time monopoly.

Aug 08, 2012
  • ranwin33 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you are going to write a history of a food product and its effect on the history itself, then this should be a primer.

Great book. I don't know about the factual inaccuracies another commenter mentions, but from what research I've done, I have yet to find any.

Adds an understanding to commerce and war.The story of Gandhi is so simple but shows how life might be better if more simple and logical.

Mar 15, 2011
  • witchgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the most interesting book about salt I have ever read.

Feb 23, 2011
  • michxiaoli rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Too many factual inaccuracies. Reads as if the author simply took everything he's ever heard about salt and tossed it together into one book without actually checking the validity of them.

Dec 09, 2009
  • Gonzo_McFly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great history and facts. Although the conclusion left something to be desired.

Jun 11, 2009
  • 21288004246712 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

well researched and written, but I'm just not that interested in salt (+400 pages)


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