a world history

484 pages

English language

Published Jan. 8, 2002 by Walker and Co..

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3 stars (7 reviews)

This book takes a look at an ordinary substance--salt, the only rock humans eat--and how it has shaped civilization from the very beginning.

16 editions

Some things change, and others don't

4 stars

A world history missing the usual places, Salt is nevertheless an engaging look into the many different cultures and contexts in which salt has featured in our past. From China to the Americas, humans have been making salt as long as we've been farming, if not longer, and our relationship to the simple little rock is anything but simple.

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Было бы замечательно как сборник занимательных фактов, но книга пытается показать даже наверное не историю соли как, гм, явления, а мировую историю — через призму соли как определяющего фактора во многих поворотных моментах, и для этого коммитмента не хватает ни ей, ни мне.

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