Salt A World History

ISBN-10: 0142001619
ISBN-13: 9780142001615
Edition: 2003
Authors: Mark Kurlansky
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Codand 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.

Mark Kurlansky is the author of The Basque History of the World, the New York Times bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (among the New York Public Library's Best Books of the Year in 1998), as well as A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry; A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny, and several acclaimed works of short fiction and journalism about the Caribbean. He spent seven years as the Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

Introduction: The Rock
A Discourse on Salt, Cadavers, and Pungent Sauces
A Mandate of Salt
Fish, Fowl, and Pharaohs
Saltmen Hard as Codfish
Salt's Salad Days
Salting it Alway in the Adriatic
Two Ports and the Prosciutto in Between
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
Liberte, Egalite, Tax Breaks
Preserving Independence
The War Between the Salts
Red Salt
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
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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