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Kurlansky, Mark

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Works: 118 works in 642 publications in 12 languages and 35,027 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Fiction  Biography  Anecdotes  Interviews  Cookbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Illustrator
Classifications: SH351.C5, 333.956633
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Most widely held works by Mark Kurlansky
Salt : a world history by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 2,948 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
Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
64 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 2,595 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 )
50 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,059 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
1968 : the year that rocked the world by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,956 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
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 )
15 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,640 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
The big oyster : history on the half shell by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
19 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 1,218 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
Paper : paging through history by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,184 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
Birdseye : the adventures of a curious man by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,176 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
The cod's tale by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,128 libraries worldwide
Describes the Atlantic cod fish and how it has been fished throughout history to near extinction
Nonviolence : twenty-five lessons from the history of a dangerous idea by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
20 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,123 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
Ready for a brand new beat : how "Dancing in the street" became the anthem for a changing America by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 964 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 891 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
Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky( file )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 876 libraries worldwide
The innocuous cod has been the subject of international wars, national diets, economies, livelihoods, and health in general. Mark Kurlansky approaches the cod with his love of food and food culture, and leaps into history, folklore, and even recipes dating to the fourteenth century and forward. This famous fish spurred interest in the development of North America, and caused a whole nation of people to jump into fishing and ocean exploration. Including word origins, this audiobook also contains recipes and uses for all kinds of cod
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 869 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( file )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 867 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
Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue : a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 739 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
The Eastern stars : how baseball changed the Dominican town of San Pedro de Macorís by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 732 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
1968 : the year that rocked the world by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
61 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 698 libraries worldwide
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. Mark Kurlansky brings to 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
World without fish by Mark Kurlansky( Book )
13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 687 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
The cod's tale by Mark Kurlansky( file )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 639 libraries worldwide
Kurlansky brings history to life with this entertaining story of how a single fish changed the world
 
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Alternative Names
Kurlansky, Mark
Mark Kurlansky American journalist
Mark Kurlansky Amerikaans journalist
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-
マーク・カーランスキー
Languages
English (293)
Spanish (14)
German (12)
Japanese (10)
Italian (7)
Chinese (5)
Dutch (5)
French (3)
Danish (3)
Turkish (3)
Portuguese (1)
Korean (1)
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