... was it is abridged. I would have liked to have heard everything, after having enjoyed this abridged version so much.
... it is an amazingly good book. Much, much more than a mere NaCl, this is a sweeping history of man, from 4000BC to the present. But unlike so many other world histories, wars aren't the points by which the dots are connected; it's salt. While today it may seem mundane and ordinary, salt's fascinating importance throughout history is presented, with many colorful asides written and read beautifully.
David Weinberger's lecture is quite interesting, and speaks at a level easy for most people to follow. He contrasts past and present knowledge organization schemes, and explains how this is important for the Internet.
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