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Author Mark Kurlansky pleasantly surprised the world with this engaging best-seller that garnered rave reviews from critics and casual readers alike. His subject for this whimsical biography is the codfish, a species remarkable for its influence on humanity.

Cod, Kurlansky argues, has driven economic, political, cultural and military thinking for centuries in the lands surrounding the Atlantic Ocean. Nations like England and Germany have waged wars for cod. Vikings survived on frozen cod during their expeditions to the present America. And, it turns out, European explorers were driven toward North America in pursuit of this humble fish.

Kurlansky fills this biography with fascinating anecdotes that show cod surfacing time and again throughout history. The book also serves as a wake-up call, alerting us that the species has nearly been fished out. Richard M. Davidson delivers a reading that is often amusing and always enlightening.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christopher | 10/24/2011

    " Started off pretty well, but it went all Newfoundland for the last third. Still, a few interesting facts in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 10/19/2011

    " Why didn't I eat more of this fish when I had the chance? Very good read. Find out how cod helped bring down the British Empire by giving economic independence to New England. And there are fabulous recipes as well. And then there's Newfoundland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 10/10/2011

    " Not quite as good as Salt, or some other food/economic/environmental histories that I've read, but still an engaging read, and a quick one that gave good perspective on the history of New England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 9/23/2011

    " Kurlansky's narrative sheds light on the importance of a common fish. His writing is enlightening, thought at points he is biased or fails to elaborate on issues. Cod is an interesting read and one I would recommend to history buffs, fishermen and cooks alike. "

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