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Price Wars by Rupert Russell
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Feb 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780593508237 | 551 Minutes

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Price Wars is a totally original and stimulating read, part war zone reportage, part economic history, and buzzing with ideas about the way markets work that will change your understanding of the world we live in.”
–Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“An illuminating, sobering and endlessly fascinating look at the root causes and hidden connections between financial markets and some of the developing world’s most wrenching crises. Fearlessly reported from conflict zones from separatist Ukrainian provinces to the Middle East, Russell compellingly draws a line between commodity manipulation on Wall Street and the chaos that fuels extremism and violence.”
–Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Price Wars is a thorough and compelling account of political instability generated by the hyper-financialization of commodities. It could not be more timely.”
–Zach D. Carter, author of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes

“In Price Wars, Rupert Russell searches for chaos and finds the butterfly effect of volatile prices operating everywhere. His stories are vivid and his analysis airtight. In his hands, price becomes quantum: we can know its present value or trend, but not both. Is our civilization slowly boiling, or can we simplify our hyper-complexity and tame the chaos we have unleashed through integrated financial markets? This fine book provides compelling answers.”
— Dr. Parag Khanna, author of Connectography and Move
 
“Deeply reported and thoroughly accessible, this investigation into the far-reaching consequences of economic speculation deserves a wide readership.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fresh look at some of the mostly deeply held dogmas of economics, exploding many along the way.”
–Kirkus

“One of the most important books of our time.”
–The Intercept

“Rupert Russell’s new book shows how the financialization of commodity prices worsens volatility and destabilizes geopolitics. It couldn’t be more timely.”
–American Prospect

Price Wars . . . reveals that hedge fund managers and commodities traders based in the financial hubs of New York and London have manipulated the prices of essentials to maintain their profits . . . Russell argues that this practice has had a butterly effect in contributing to human suffering and exacerbating social and political unrest in countries around the world.” 
Attitude Magazine

“Combining investigative courage with forensic analysis, Price Wars is a geopolitical masterpiece bursting with bite, originality and compassion.”
–David Lammy, MP, author of Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society

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