Salt

Salt

A World History

eBook - 2010
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Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the World, here 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, Kurlansky's kaleidoscopic history is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.


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Jonathan_logan
Nov 23, 2016

Good book but
Why the west when he talk about history of Africa, talk about invaders not the local ?
we don't want accept the fact that Africa has it's own history.

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kcawthon
Aug 21, 2016

this was a fascinating look into how a commodity could impact and even drive history. Gives you an idea what the history of petroleum might be years from now. I read this book shortly after it was released (and shortly after I started working for a salt company that owns the largest salt mine in the world )

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

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 human kind. Populated by colourful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Kurlansky has created an entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

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john1933
May 19, 2013

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

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ranwin33
Aug 08, 2012

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.

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monecat
Sep 13, 2011

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.

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witchgirl
Mar 15, 2011

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

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michxiaoli
Feb 23, 2011

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.

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Gonzo_McFly
Dec 09, 2009

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

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21288004246712
Jun 11, 2009

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

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