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Kurlansky, Mark

Works: 160 works in 824 publications in 14 languages and 37,847 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Cookbooks  Fiction  Biographies  Travel writing  Anecdotes  Interviews  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Illustrator
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Most widely held works about Mark Kurlansky
Most widely held works by Mark Kurlansky
Salt : a world history by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

74 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 4,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book takes a look at an ordinary substance--salt, the only rock humans eat--and how it has shaped civilization from the very beginning
1968 : the year that rocked the world by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

77 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 2,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: In this monumental new book, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and ultimately definitive look at a pivotal moment in history. With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval. People think of it as 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 birth of the women's movement, and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. From New York, Miami, Berkeley, and Chicago to Paris, Prague, Rome, Berlin, Warsaw, Tokyo, and Mexico City, spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the globe. Everything was disrupted. In the Middle East, Yasir Arafat's guerrilla organization rose to prominence ... both the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Biennale were forced to shut down by protesters ... the Kentucky Derby winner was stripped of the crown for drug use ... the Olympics were a disaster, with the Mexican government having massacred hundreds of students protesting police brutality there ... and the Miss America pageant was stormed by feminists carrying banners that introduced to the television-watching public the phrase "women's liberation." Kurlansky shows how the coming of live television made 1968 the first global year. It was the year that an amazed world watched the first live telecast from outer space, and that TV news expanded to half an hour. For the first time, Americans watched that day's battle--the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive--on the evening news. Television also shocked the world with seventeen minutes of police clubbing demonstrators at the Chicago convention, live film of unarmed students facing Soviet tanks in Czechoslovakia, and a war of starvation in Biafra. The impact was huge, not only on the antiwar movement, but also on the medium itself. The fact that one now needed television to make things happen was a cultural revelation with enormous consequences
Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 2,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cod spans a thousand years and four continents. From the Vikings, who pursued the codfish across the Atlantic, and the enigmatic Basques, who first commercialized it in medieval times, to Bartholomew Gosnold, who named Cape Cod in 1602, and Clarence Birdseye, who founded an industry on frozen cod in the 1930s, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs, and of course the fishermen, whose lives have interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the fifteenth-century politics of the Hanseatic League and the cod wars of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. He embellishes his story with gastronomic detail, blending in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. And he brings to life the cod itself: its personality, habits, extended family, and ultimately the tragedy of how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction. From fishing ports in New England and Newfoundland to coastal skiffs, schooners, and factory ships across the Atlantic; from Iceland and Scandinavia to the coasts of England, Brazil, and West Africa, Mark Kurlansky tells a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus. The codfish. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious than gold. Indeed, the codfish has played a fascinating and crucial role in world history
The Basque history of the world by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

54 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people. Despite their obscure origins and small numbers, the Basques have had a profound impact on Europe and the world for more than 2,000 years."--Jacket
The food of a younger land : a portrait of American food : before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional : from the lost WPA files by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using long-forgotten WPA files archived in the Library of Congress, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky paints a detailed picture of Depression Era Americans through the food that they ate and the local traditions and customs they observed when planning and preparing meals
Paper : paging through history by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability. One has only to look at history's greatest press run, which produced 6.5 billion copies of Quotations from Chairman Mao (which doesn't include editions in 37 foreign languages and in braille) to appreciate the range and influence of a single publication, in paper. Or take the fact that one of history's most revered artists, Leonardo da Vinci, left behind only 15 paintings but 4,000 works on paper. And though the colonies were at the time calling for a boycott of all British goods, the one exception they made speaks to the essentiality of the material; they penned the Declaration of Independence on British paper. Now, amid discussion of "going paperless"--And as speculation about the effects of a digitally dependent society grows rampant--we've come to a world-historic juncture. Thousands of years ago, Socrates and Plato warned that written language would be the end of "true knowledge," replacing the need to exercise memory and think through complex questions. Similar arguments were made about the switch from handwritten to printed books, and today about the role of computer technology. By tracing paper's evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology's influence, affirming that paper is here to stay.--Adapted from dust jacket
The big oyster : history on the half shell by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Author Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled. For centuries New York was famous for its oysters, Gotham's most celebrated export, a staple food for the wealthy, the poor, and tourists alike, and the primary natural defense against pollution for the city's congested waterways. Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight, from the island hunting ground of the Lenape Indians to the death of the oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, here are the stories behind Peter Stuyvesant's peg leg and Robert Fulton's "Folly"; the oyster merchant and pioneering African American leader Thomas Downing; the birth of the business lunch at Delmonico's; early feminist Fanny Fern, one of the highest-paid newspaper writers in the city; and even "Diamond" Jim Brady.--From publisher description
Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author who gave us" Cod," "Salt," and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture
Nonviolence : twenty-five lessons from the history of a dangerous idea by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nonviolence is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present-day conflicts raging in the Middle East and else-where. 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."--Jacket
Hank Greenberg : the hero who didn't want to be one by Mark Kurlansky( )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the Jewish-American baseball player who, in 1934, risked his chance to beat Babe Ruth's home run record by sitting out a game on Yom Kippur, and describes his impact on Jewish-American history
The cod's tale by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the Atlantic cod fish and how it has been fished throughout history to near extinction
Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote "Dancing in the Street." The song was recorded at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording--a precursor to disco, a song about the joyousness of dance, the song of a summer. But events overtook it, and the song became one of the anthems of American pop culture. The Beatles had landed in the U.S. in early 1964. By that summer, the '60s were in full swing. 1964 was the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election that completely changed American politics. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, "Dancing in the Street" gained currency as an activist anthem. The song took on new meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all altered as the country changed. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in our nation's history.--Publisher's description
The last fish tale : the fate of the Atlantic and survival in Gloucester, America's oldest fishing port and most original town by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the "New York Times"--Bestselling author of "Cod, Salt," and "The Big Oyster" comes the colorful story of a way of life that for hundreds of years has defined much of America's coastlines but is slowly disappearing
A continent of islands : searching for the Caribbean destiny by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A richly detailed portrait of the individual countries and peoples of the Caribbean ; brings to life a society and culture often kept hidden from foreigners--the arts, history, politics, economics, and the vivid day-to-day lives of its citizens
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue : a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The booming 1980s have arrived--and in Manhattan's Lower East Side, that means the yuppies have arrived, too. Gentrification has begun! Amidst the hubbub, Nathan Seltzer pursues an affair with the sexy daughter of the local German bakers and fights to protect his little photocopy shop from the predatory advances of the Kopy Katz chain. And all the while, a murderous mania is terrorizing the neighborhood
Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky( )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kurlansky discusses the history of commercial cod fishing and the plight of the Atlantic fish and fisheries today as the cod faces extinction.--
The Eastern stars : how baseball changed the Dominican town of San Pedro de Macorís by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the staggering amount of baseball talent that has originated in the impoverished area of San Pedro, in the Dominican Republic, and discovers wider meanings about place, identity, and, above all, baseball
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue : a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captures the lives of the inhabitants of a tight-knit, ethnically diverse neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York, including Nathan, a claustrophobic married man falling for Karoline, a German pastry maker
World without fish by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The alarming true story of what's happening to the fish, the oceans and our environment. It tells how and why the fish we most commonly eat, including tuna, salmon, cod and swordfish, could become extinct within fifty years. It is a call to action. With its focus on supporting sustainable fishing it shows how from little steps to big, kids can -- and must make a difference
Frozen in time : Clarence Birdseye's outrageous idea about frozen food by Mark Kurlansky( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This biography--perfect for middle-grade readers--tells the life story of Clarence Birdseye, the man who revolutionized the frozen food industry, and is adapted from Mark Kurlansky's adult work Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man. Adventurer and inventor Clarence Birdseye had a fascination with food preservation that led him to develop and patent the Birdseye freezing process and start the company that still bears his name today. His limitless curiosity spurred his other inventions, including the electric sunlamp, an improved incandescent lightbulb, and a harpoon gun to tag finback whales. This true story of an early entrepreneur is as thrilling as the story of Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Includes an 8-page black-and-white photo insert"--
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Salt : a world history
Alternative Names
Kurlansky, Mark

Mark Kurlansky American journalist

Mark Kurlansky Amerikaans journalist

Mark Kurlansky periodista estadounidense

Курлански, Марк

كيرلانسكي، مارك، 1948-

مارك كورلانسكي، 1948-

쿨란스키, 마크 1948-

カ-ランスキ-, マ-ク 1948-

カーランスキー, マーク

カーランスキー, マーク 1948-


English (365)

Spanish (16)

Japanese (15)

German (11)

Italian (5)

Thai (5)

Chinese (4)

Dutch (3)

Turkish (3)

Danish (2)

Catalan (2)

Finnish (2)

Arabic (1)

Russian (1)

1968 : the year that rocked the worldCod : a biography of the fish that changed the worldThe Basque history of the worldThe food of a younger land : a portrait of American food : before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional : from the lost WPA filesThe big oyster : history on the half shellNonviolence : twenty-five lessons from the history of a dangerous ideaHank Greenberg : the hero who didn't want to be oneThe cod's tale