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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    Kurlansky Strikes Again

    Mark Kurlansky has an astounding capacity to write great books about mundane subjects. Who would think that a book about the fat, unattractive cod could be so interesting, or so important to global history? Readers of Kurland's history of salt would have had a hint of cod's importance, and hopefully made more sensitive to the incredible importance of the simple things all around us. His epigrams are absolutely wondeful, and the interspersal of cod recipes works seamlessly. A great story well told.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    Interesting history of the the North Atlantic

    An easy read, this book makes one wonder why there is no mention of these people taught in early history class. One wonders if the Cod industry really had such a profound effect on history.It is delightful to beleive that all presented is fact. Very interesting even if you don't care for fish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Worth the time

    I heard this book-on-tape daily while driving to work. It was so enthralling that I couldn't wait to get in traffic jams to hear the next bit. Fortunately, the non-linear format fit well with listenting to short (or long) blurbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2002

    The Things You Don't know

    It's a bit haphazard, but fascinating to read as places and facts come together to tell a story that we're in real danger of forgetting. Cod is something you see laid out white and usually frozen in a glistening steel case. It has little connection with the fish and the people who pursued it. I was left with a feeling of loss at the thought that the teeming millions of fat cod that built countries are gone and if they dare to return, they will be harvested so efficiently that there won't be time to develop another culture around them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    The Best 'Fish Story.'

    This is a book packed with little known facts aboout the history of the United States. If history could be taught in high schools from writings such as 'Cod', I am sure children would leave school with a much better understanding of history. This book was picked for our book club. Everyone was amazed at the facts revealed in 'Cod' and it allowed for a long discussion over our meal which of course was cod.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    Very Entertaining

    This book was SO interesting! And I am not even a fisherman, in fact I am a 37 year old mom and housewife and graphic designer. It was so well written I always looked forward to the next chapter and on occasion even laughed out loud!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    the Book That Surprised Me

    When I picked up this book, i expected a dry historical account. Instead, I found an amusingly informative description of the plight of the cod and how the situation developed. I strongly recommend this for anyone interested in history, activism, or fish :)

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