Re: Prez's Summer Reading List: Russian Tsar Biography; History of Salt; Plague of 1918
Kurlansky beat me to it. I had the same reaction.
In addition to Salt, I've also read Cod and 1968 by Mark Kurlansky. Of the three, Salt was by far the worst. Wanna read 400+ pages about salt? Of course not. There's only so much you can say about salt before the reader loses all interest.
The only reason Salt was written was because Cod had so much success when it came out a few years earlier. You might be thinking, "Cod is like salt. It can't carry a book on its own. I'd rather read a 300 page book on plumbing." Well, you would be wrong. Cod, the book, is a very good read. Cod, the fish, has been an integral factor in many historical events including the discovery of America and several major wars. And who knew the Basques were at the heart of so much of the cod industry?
"I fought because I understood and could not bear to understand, that it was my destiny -- unlike that of my father, whose fate it was to hear the roar of the crowd -- to sit in the stands with most men and acclaim others. It was my fate, my destiny, my end, to be a fan."