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Salt (2002) highlights the intriguing narrative of this fundamental mineral, from its early usage in food preservation to its function as a valuable commodity fueling trade and conquest. These slates shed light on the political strife caused by society's desire for salt, as well as the environmental devastation caused by the salt industry.

Mark Kurlansky is a journalist and non-fiction author from the United States. He has published a variety of fiction and nonfiction works. Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997), his 1997 book, was a worldwide best-seller that was translated into more than 15 languages. Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons From the History of a Dangerous Idea (2006) won the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction.

• Those interested in the history of salt and its significance in trade, conflict, and revolution
• Readers interested in the unusual factors that shape history