Monday, June 04, 2007
#30. Salt: A World History - Mark Kurlansky

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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.

Most people wouldn't necessarily describe a non-fiction work as fascinating but I would. And this book was just that. We all eat salt. We all need salt. But how many of us are aware just how many of history's major events have been a result of the need to control the source/production of this "seasoning"? A MUST READ.


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