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In World on Fire (Doubleday), Amy Chua, professor of law at Yale, diverges from the apostles of globalization, who reaffirm that exporting the free market model will increase peace and prosperity around the world. Chua concludes it is just the opposite: Free markets distribute wealth in unequal ways and create tight groups of extremely rich individuals, usually members of ethnic minorities. This inequality generates racial tension and promotes anti-American sentiment. Chua states the West is exporting a model of capitalism it never adopted.

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
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Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 2003
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