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Salt: A World History

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Paperback · EAN: 9780142001615 · Feature: A World History | Salt | Mark Kurlansky · ISBN: 0142001619 · Label: Penguin Books · Manufacturer: Penguin Books · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 498 · Package Quantity: 1 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2003-01-28 · Publisher: Penguin Books · Release Date: 2003-01-28 · Studio: Penguin Books
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From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World
 
In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt by Mark Kurlansky is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.
 
Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Cod, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Paperback · EAN: 9780140275018 · Edition: 1 · ISBN: 0140275010 · Label: Penguin Books · Manufacturer: Penguin Books · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 294 · Package Quantity: 1 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2010-08-18 · Publisher: Penguin Books · Release Date: 1998-07-01 · Studio: Penguin Books
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From the Bestselling Author of Salt and The Basque History of the World

Cod, Mark Kurlansky’s third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 James Beard Award, is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. What did the Vikings eat in icy Greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod, frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, sold salted by the Basques, an enigmatic people with a mysterious, unlimited supply of cod. As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, and the tragic story of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. In this lovely, thoughtful history, Mark Kurlansky ponders the question: Is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?
 
“A charming fish tale and a pretty gift for your favorite seafood cook or fishing monomaniac. But in the last analysis, it’s a bitter ecological fable for our time.” –Los Angeles Times
 
“Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish.” –David McCullough
 
“One of the 25 Best Books of the Year.” –The New York Public Library

Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Salt, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

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The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Paperback · EAN: 9780345476395 · Edition: Reprint · ISBN: 0345476395 · Label: Random House Trade Paperbacks · Manufacturer: Random House Trade Paperbacks · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 336 · Package Quantity: 1 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2007-01-09 · Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks · Release Date: 2007-01-09 · Studio: Random House Trade Paperbacks
» “Part treatise, part miscellany, unfailingly entertaining.”
–The New York Times

“A small pearl of a book . . . a great tale of the growth of a modern city as seen through the rise and fall of the lowly oyster.”
–Rocky Mountain News

Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants–the oyster.
For centuries New York was famous for this particular shellfish, which until the early 1900s played such a dominant a role in the city’s life that the abundant bivalves were Gotham’s most celebrated export, a staple food for all classes, and a natural filtration system for the city’s congested waterways.

Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight–along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos–this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of America’s environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan’s Gilded Age dining chambers. With The Big Oyster, Mark Kurlansky serves up history at its most engrossing, entertaining, and delicious.

“Suffused with [Kurlansky’s] pleasure in exploring the city across ground that hasn’t already been covered with other writers’ footprints.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Fascinating stuff . . . [Kurlansky] has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Kurlansky packs his breezy book with terrific anecdotes.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Magnificent . . . a towering accomplishment.”
Associated Press

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The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Paperback · EAN: 9780140298512 · Edition: Reprint · ISBN: 0140298517 · Label: Penguin Books · Manufacturer: Penguin Books · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 400 · Package Quantity: 1 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2001-02-01 · Publisher: Penguin Books · Release Date: 2001-02-01 · Studio: Penguin Books
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From Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Cod, Salt, and Birdseye—the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people
Straddling a small corner of Spain and France in a land that is marked on no maps except their own, the Basques are a puzzling contradiction—they are Europe's oldest nation without ever having been a country. No one has ever been able to determine their origins, and even the Basques' language, Euskera—the most ancient in Europe—is related to none other on earth. For centuries, their influence has been felt in nearly every realm, from religion to sports to commerce. Even today, the Basques are enjoying what may be the most important cultural renaissance in their long existence.
Mark Kurlansky's passion for the Basque people and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout this fascinating book. Like Cod, The Basque History of the World, blends human stories with economic, political, literary, and culinary history into a rich and heroic tale.
Among the Basques' greatest accomplishments:
  • Exploration—the first man to circumnavigate the globe, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, was a Basque and the Basques were the second Europeans, after the Vikings, in North America
  • Gastronomy and agriculture—they were the first Europeans to eat corn and chili peppers and cultivate tobacco, and were among the first to use chocolate
  • Religion—Ignatius Loyola, a Basque, founded the Jesuit religious order
  • Business and politics—they introduced capitalism and modern commercial banking to southern Europe
  • Recreation—they invented beach resorts, jai alai, and racing regattas, and were the first Europeans to play sports with balls
“A delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation.” –Newsday

“Exciting, Illuminating, and thought provoking.” –The Boston Globe

Entertaining and instructive… [Kurlansky’s] approach is unorthodox, mixing history with anecdotes, poems with recipes.” –The New York Times Book Review

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1968: The Year That Rocked the World

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Paperback · EAN: 9780345455826 · ISBN: 0345455827 · Label: Random House Trade Paperbacks · Manufacturer: Random House Trade Paperbacks · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 480 · Package Quantity: 1 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2005-01-11 · Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks · Release Date: 2005-01-11 · Studio: Random House Trade Paperbacks
» To some, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the women’s movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.

In this monumental book, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when television’s influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a people–and led us to where we are today.

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World Without Fish

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Hardcover · Brand: Workman Publishing Company · Creator (Role: Illustrator): Frank Stockton · EAN: 9780761156079 · Edition: 1st Printing · ISBN: 0761156070 · Label: Workman Publishing Company · Manufacturer: Workman Publishing Company · Model: 9780761156079 · MPN: 9780761156079 · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 192 · Package Quantity: 1 · Part Number: 9780761156079 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2011-04-01 · Publisher: Workman Publishing Company · Studio: Workman Publishing Company
» Mark Kurlansky, beloved author of the award-winning bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, offers a riveting new book for kids about what’s happening to fish, the oceans, and our environment, and what, armed with knowledge, kids can do about it.

Written by a master storyteller, World Without Fish connects all the dots—biology, economics, evolution, politics, climate, history, culture, food, and nutrition—in a way that kids can really understand. It describes how the fish we most commonly eat, including tuna, salmon, cod, and swordfish, could disappear within 50 years, and the domino effect it would have—oceans teeming with jellyfish and turning pinkish orange from algal blooms; seabirds disappearing, then reptiles, then mammals. It describes the back-and-forth dynamic of fishermen and scientists. It covers the effects of industrialized fishing, and how bottom-dragging nets are turning the ocean floor into a desert.

The answer? Support sustainable fishing. World Without Fish tells kids exactly what they can do: Find out where those fish sticks come from. Tell your parents what’s good to buy, and what’s not. Ask the waiter if the fish on the menu is line-caught And follow simple rules: Use less plastic, and never eat endangered fish like bluefin tuna.

Interwoven with the book is a full-color graphic novel. Each beautifully illustrated chapter opener links to form a larger fictional story that complements the text. Hand in hand, they create a Silent Spring for a new generation.

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The Belly of Paris (Modern Library Classics)

· Author: Emile Zola · Binding: Paperback · Creator (Role: Translator): Mark Kurlansky · EAN: 9780812974225 · ISBN: 0812974220 · Label: Modern Library · Manufacturer: Modern Library · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 368 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2009-05-12 · Publisher: Modern Library · Release Date: 2009-05-12 · Studio: Modern Library
» Part of Emile Zola’s multigenerational Rougon-Macquart saga, The Belly of Paris is the story of Florent Quenu, a wrongly accused man who escapes imprisonment on Devil’s Island. Returning to his native Paris, Florent finds a city he barely recognizes, with its working classes displaced to make way for broad boulevards and bourgeois flats. Living with his brother’s family in the newly rebuilt Les Halles market, Florent is soon caught up in a dangerous maelstrom of food and politics. Amid intrigue among the market’s sellers–the fishmonger, the charcutière, the fruit girl, and the cheese vendor–and the glorious culinary bounty of their labors, we see the dramatic difference between “fat and thin” (the rich and the poor) and how the widening gulf between them strains a city to the breaking point.

Translated and with an Introduction by the celebrated historian and food writer Mark Kurlansky, The Belly of Paris offers fascinating perspectives on the French capital during the Second Empire–and, of course, tantalizing descriptions of its sumptuous repasts.

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Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Modern Library Chronicles)

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Paperback · Creator (Role: Foreword): Dalai Lama · EAN: 9780812974478 · Edition: Reprint · ISBN: 0812974476 · Label: Modern Library · Manufacturer: Modern Library · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 224 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2008-04-08 · Publisher: Modern Library · Release Date: 2008-04-08 · Studio: Modern Library
» In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.

Nonviolence is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present-day conflicts raging in the Middle East and elsewhere. Kurlansky also brings into focus just why nonviolence is a “dangerous” idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a “just war”? Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?

Kurlansky draws from history twenty-five provocative lessons on the subject that we can use to effect change today. He shows how, time and again, violence is used to suppress nonviolence and its practitioners–Gandhi and Martin Luther King, for example; that the stated deterrence value of standing national armies and huge weapons arsenals is, at best, negligible; and, encouragingly, that much of the hard work necessary to begin a movement to end war is already complete. It simply needs to be embraced and accelerated.

Engaging, scholarly, and brilliantly reasoned, Nonviolence is a work that compels readers to look at history in an entirely new way. This is not just a manifesto for our times but a trailblazing book whose time has come.


From the Hardcover edition.

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The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal,

· Author: Mark Kurlansky · Binding: Paperback · EAN: 0971487676234 · Edition: 1 · Format: Bargain Price · Label: Riverhead Trade · Manufacturer: Riverhead Trade · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 480 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2010-04-06 · Publisher: Riverhead Trade · Studio: Riverhead Trade · UPC: 971487676234
» From the New York Times bestselling author who "powerfully demonstrates the defining role food plays in history and culture" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

In the throes of the Great Depression, a make-work initiative for authors-called "America Eats"-was created by the WPA to chronicle the eating habits, traditions, and struggles of local Americans. Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt and Cod, unearths this forgotten literary treasure, chronicling a bygone era when Americans had never heard of fast food or grocery superstores. Kurlansky brings together the WPA contributions-featuring New York automats and Georgia Coca-Cola parties, Maine lobsters and Montana beaver tails-and brilliantly showcases them with authentic recipes, anecdotes, and photographs.

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Gandhi on Non-Violence (New Directions Paperbook)

· Author: Mahatma Gandhi · Binding: Paperback · Brand: Brand: New Directions · Creator (Role: Editor): Thomas Merton | (Role: Introduction): Mark Kurlansky · EAN: 9780811216869 · Edition: Reprint · Feature: Used Book in Good Condition · ISBN: 0811216861 · Label: New Directions · Manufacturer: New Directions · Number Of Items: 1 · Number Of Pages: 144 · Product Group: Book · Product Type Name: ABIS_BOOK · Publication Date: 2007-11-17 · Publisher: New Directions · Studio: New Directions
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An essential compendium for understanding Gandhi's profound legacy.

"One has to speak out and stand up for one's convictions. Inaction at a time of conflagration is inexcusable."—Mahatma Gandhi

The basic principles of Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence (Ahimsa) and non-violent action (Satyagraha) were chosen by Thomas Merton for this volume in 1965. In his challenging Introduction, "Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant," Merton emphasizes the importance of action rather than mere pacifism as a central component of non-violence, and illustrates how the foundations of Gandhi's universal truths are linked to traditional Hindu Dharma, the Greek philosophers, and the teachings of Christ and Thomas Aquinas.

Educated as a Westerner in South Africa, it was Gandhi's desire to set aside the caste system as well as his political struggles in India which led him to discover the dynamic power of non-cooperation. But, non-violence for Gandhi "was not simply a political tactic," as Merton observes: "the spirit of non-violence sprang from an inner realization of spiritual unity in himself." Gandhi's politics of spiritual integrity have influenced generations of people around the world, as well as civil rights leaders from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Steve Biko to Václav Havel and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mark Kurlansky has written an insightful preface for this edition that touches upon the history of non-violence and reflects the core of Gandhi's spiritual and ethical doctrine in the context of current global conflicts.
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