The World for Sale

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The World for Sale: Money, Power, and the Traders Who Barter the Earth's Resources

The World for Sale is a revelatory guide of the global economy and how capitalism really works. In this book, Bloomberg News journalists Javier Blas and Jack Farchy offer a colorful and alarming exposé of the shadowy world of global commodity trading. Blas and Farchy also detail how the U.S. Justice Department under attorney general Eric Holder aggressively prosecuted and curtailed the activities of rogue traders. The World for Sale lifts the lid on one of the least scrutinized corners of the world economy: the billionaire commodity traders who buy, hoard, and sell the earth's resources.


"This jaw-dropping study shows how much money and global influence is concentrated in the hands of a tiny group... A remarkable book..."

—Sunday Times

"The commodity-traders who feature in The World For Sale are not the kind who yell orders at each other in the ring of the London Metal Exchange, [but instead] the small band of mostly private companies that move bulk commodities from there to here..."

The Economist

"Javier Blas and Jack Farchy probe the hard-knuckle and secretive world of commodity trading."

Financial Times

"Blas and Farchy compellingly lay out how a handful of secretive traders have had a hand in directing not only the world's commodities, but also its politics and history. The World For Sale draws back the covers on a sector where civil wars, dubious regimes and the collapse of states have often been just another business opportunity -- and what that has meant for the rest of us. Intriguing and, at times, alarming."

Helen Thomas, Business Editor, BBC Newsnight

"If you have the slightest interest in how the modern world was made, by whom, at what price, and at what profit, this is the book for you... Superbly researched and tidily written... A clean, compelling chronicle of the central role that commodity traders have played in the global economy from the end of World War II to the present. What they found isn't pretty -- but it's plenty illuminating."

—Foreign Policy

"A highly readable study in world economics and a valuable primer for would-be oil barons."