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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 an American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. He has written a number of books of fiction and non-fiction. His 1997 book, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, was an international bestseller and was translated into more than 15 languages. His book Nonviolence: Twenty-five Lessons From the History of a Dangerous Idea was the non-fiction winner of the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Mr. Shekhar Hardikar is a teacher by choice. He is a co-learner and is associated with teaching and learning for the last 17 years. He has worked as a volunteer at mental health clinic and for differently abled students for 12 years while working with LIC. He was deputed by LIC to work with Pratham, which led to completion of D.Ed from the University of Twente, and part of a 3 year research conducted by MIT for all municipal schools in Vadodara for remediation in primary education. Shekhar joined TGES in 2004 and has been working with CIE/ IB as head of the school and was examiner for IB. He is working with Educational Initiatives.