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Random House, Sep 30, 2011 - History - 496 pages

Homer called it a divine substance. Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. As Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly relates here, salt has shaped civilisation from the beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of mankind. Wars have been fought over salt and, while salt taxes secured empires across Europe and Asia, they have also inspired revolution - Gandhi's salt march in 1930 began the overthrow of British rule in India.

From the rural Sichuan province where the last home-made soya sauce is produced to the Cheshire brine springs that supplied salt around the globe, Mark Kurlansky has produced a kaleidoscope of world history, a multi-layered masterpiece that blends political, commercial, scientific, religious and culinary records into a rich and memorable tale.

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

This book sets out to tell the history of the world's salt usage. Not a subject I had considered before, nor one I thought would be very engrossing, and yet, it was. I enjoyed this even though I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - schufman - LibraryThing

Parts of this book were great, and other parts were so dense it took me months to get through them. I loved parts of it, and couldn't stand other chapters — so all in all, more or less average. The depth of research is remarkable, density aside. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mark Kurlansky is the author of 23 books of fiction, nonfiction, children's writing. His best-selling Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World won the 1999 James Beard Award for Food Writing and the 1999 Glenfiddich Award. His other works include: Salt, The Basque History of the World and the short story collection The White Man in the Tree. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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