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Salt: A World History - Mark Kurlansky
Salt: A World History
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780142001615 (0142001619)
ASIN: 142001619
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 484
Edition language: English
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Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it
4.0 Salt: A World History
This is an interesting "world history" from the perspective of salt. The book includes everything from the manufacture, trade, geo-politics, socio-economic, revolutions, wars, science, cultural and culinary impact of salt in Asia, Europe, North America. This book is not only about salt, but include...
katiewilkins186
katiewilkins186 rated it
3.0 Salt: A World History
Writing a world history organized by the way everything connects back to salt was a surprisingly brilliant idea. Because salt was a strategic concern in the organization of many countries and their wars, it’s possible to touch on many of the most interesting periods in history by talking about salt....
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it
4.0 Salt: A World History
The history of salt is a history of humanity in crystal form, in a lot of ways. Some of it's horrifying, some of it's funny, and much of it is just silly (grey salt used to be shunned because it wasn't pure, and now it's fashionable and more expensive than white!). Exhaustively researched and unfail...
globulon
globulon rated it
I liked this book a lot. It was fun to find out about the importance of salt in history as well as the history of production methods. Kurlansky is an engaging writer and the stories he tells are entertaining. As the primary use of salt for most of it's history was food related, there's plenty of ...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
4.0
Well, I'll be pickled! We say we'll take something with a grain of salt as if it's nothing, but much of the history of the world is tied up in the quest for salt. It's not nothing. We're fortunate to have it in such abundance that we can take it for granted and worry about getting too much of it in ...
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