Price Wars is a global investigation into the financial forces that fueled the chaos of the 2010s. It's both a book and a documentary feature film.
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Russell shot and directed the documentary feature film over five continents. He embedded with separatist fighters in Ukraine, the UN in Somalia and Iraq, with cattle raiders in Kenya, and street gangs in Venezuela to understand the contours of chaos that struck the world in the 2010s. He traces these modern apocalypses back to the global commodity markets, and the financial speculators who set the prices of essential goods for all of us. The film aired on ARTE (France and Germany), ARD (Germany), and SVT (Sweden).
Russell turned his investigation into a narrative non-fiction book, published by Doubleday (Penguin Random House) in the US and Weidenfeld & Nicholson (Hachette) in the UK, and has been translated into Italian, Korean, Chinese, and Czech. The book was covered by The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Intercept, Jacobin, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, CBC, among others.
Praise for PRICE WARS
“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