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This is an absolutely cracking read - Blas and Farchy dissect the murky world of commodities traders surgically, slowly peeling back each layer over the decades. It’s an incredibly well-researched book, littered with insightful anecdotes, which highlights how commodity trading straddles the spheres of finance, politics and war. For anyone with a passing interest in commodities this is a must-read, but if you want to learn more about commerce and geopolitics then you need to order this ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.
We all know control of raw materials is a licence to print money for despots and tyrants the world over. Blas and Farchy give the reader a tantalizing glimpse under the hood and reveal the mechanisms within, using real examples. Its a wonderful study of malfeasance by officials and ministers across great swathes of the world. An excellent read for anyone interested in the machinery of globalization and world trade.
This book engrossed me. Fluidly written, detailed yet flowing, it held me like a good novel. Except this is all fact.
The interaction of greed, power, money addiction, global politics, getting things done, being there when the world needed them, crossing the line, and so on, illustrates well who can pull global political levers, and how, especially the US has pushed back.
I found it all fascinating. It’s a different take on the more negative information you normally read about.
This has to be one of my favourite ever books! It gives a great insight in to the commodity trading world. Being from the industry myself I found huge chunks eminently relatable. Please note that this book is not written by accountants detailing how the finance industry works, rather the swashbuckling adventures it takes by commodity traders to get the trade done in sometimes dangerous situations.
Having already read The King Of Oil ( Daniel Ammann ) The Secret Lives of Marc Rich I was disappointed with this effort. Having received a good preview in the recent Sunday Times Culture Supplement I was expecting some original information re Marc Rich which was not already in the public domain.
A lot of repeat from the Rich book published in 2009 and lacking depth as regards the current state of affairs in the Commodity World.
Something rather than nothing in this interesting subject but only just.
Wonderful expose into the world of commodity trading and the political and financial impact they have on the world with hardly anyone realising, one of which until now, was myself. Thank you for providing such engaging and educational enlightenment into this world operating ‘under the radar’ so to speak.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Overall, this book was an easy read. It provided some great insight into the world of commodity traders over the years and the troubles they face in today’s evermore environmentally conscious society.