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 ...
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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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.
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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