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Cod

A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

By Mark Kurlansky
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Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Cod (1997) charts the rise and fall of the codfish. A major commodity in the European market during the discovery of the New World, cod went on to cause national conflicts and, due to overfishing, eventually became vulnerable to extinction. Find out how this fish changed the world only to end up on the verge of oblivion.

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“Having fished a lot of cod as a kid, I was thrilled to learn what an important role this once-so-common fish has played in shaping world history.”

– Erik, Editorial Production Manager at Blinkist

  • Foodies interested in the history of seafood
  • Conservationists curious about the dangers of overfishing
  • Students of marine biology

Mark Kurlansky is an American journalist who has written a number of fiction and nonfiction books. His international bestseller Cod has been translated into 15 different languages. His other works include Salt and World Without Fish.

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