Other titles of interest. (Book Review).
Today it may seem obvious, but the Greek poet Homer said salt was a "divine substance." Mark Kurlansky has written a fascinating book, Salt: A World History (Penguin Group), which relates how insignificant sodium chloride was, until 100 years ago, one of the most coveted basic products in the world. Salt served as the currency of many civilizations and is still used as such in some places. Its demand established the first trading routes, financed monumental constructions s uch as the Great Wall of China and has supported empires, wars and revolutions.
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|Title Annotation:||World on Fire Salt: A World History|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||May 1, 2003|
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