Salt: A World History


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The bestselling author of "Cod" and "The Basque History" turns his attention to salt, a common household item with a long and intriguing history. In this multilayered masterpiece, Kurlansky explains how salt provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.

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Christian C

Feb 14, 2014

I wish they taught this in school

Although I was History major, my attention was never drawn to the importance of Salt on the everyday lives of the world's inhabitants, until I read this book.
I had no idea that so much of what we consider important history was influenced by the universal need for salt or salted products. and how much of that information was left out by my innumerable teachers, professors and textbooks.
If you love History, You'll love SALT.

Thomas K

Aug 22, 2013

NaCl rewites history

NaCl rewrites history. An amazing , factual account of how salt shaped the migration and development of civilization.


Feb 21, 2013

A fine, fine book. Cod, The Big Oyster, and finally this. Our histories, indeed, unfold on our bellies.


Jun 7, 2007

Salt - highly recommended

This should be a compulsory textbook in all schools all over the planet to give us all a perspective on the interaction between politics , economics and our survival. Particularly helpful to understand how oil is today's salt. Quite apart from its informative value it is an excellent read: a lively style, well-researched, but not jargon-ridden.

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