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Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
The title is self-explanatory, and accurate. This fascinating book describes how, over centuries, a single species of fish literally shaped the modern world, influencing politics, war and economies, the rise and fall of entire civilizations and the discovery and settlement or North America, among other things. The author provides considerable detail on history, politics and the capture, processing and preparing of this species. The book even ends with what the author describes as six centuries worth of recipes. The only knock, if you get the Penguin paperback version is the font size. It's tiny so anyone over the age of 40 will need some pretty strong reading glasses. But once you begin reading you'll barely notice it.