BOOK + DOCUMENTARY
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.
The documentary is coming to the UK and US in 2022, and has already aired in France (Arte), Germany (ARD), and Sweden (SVT).
The book will be published in Feburary 2022 by Doubleday (Penguin Random House) in the US and Weidenfeld & Nicholson (Hachette) in the UK.
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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 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
'Rupert Russell's adventures into a host of modern apocalypses are retold in this thrilling page-turner. The result is an incredible synthesis that places global finance at the heart of chaos across the world.'
- Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist.
'Dry, objective, scary, funny: let's hope it's not all true, but that seems unlikely.'
- Griff Rhys Jones
PRICE WARS is a shattering account of the destabilizing power of price, and a powerful critique of the free market philosophy that leaves the most vulnerable at the mercy of the commodities markets.
For Rupert Russell, the Brexit vote was only the latest shock in a decade full of them: the unstoppable war in Syria, huge migrant flows into Europe, beheadings in Iraq, children placed in cages on the US border. In Price Wars he sets out on a worldwide journey to investigate what caused the wave of chaos that consumed the world in the 2010s.
Russell travels to Tunisia, Iraq, Venezuela, Ukraine, East Africa and Central America and discovers that unrest in all these places was triggered by dramatic and mysterious swings in the price of essential commodities. Deregulation of the commodities markets means that food prices can shoot up even in years of abundant harvests, causing hunger and protest. Oil prices and real estate values can surge even when supplies are normal, enriching and emboldening dictators. It is this instability–fueled by banks and hedge funds in far away New York and London–that has toppled regimes and unsettled the West.
PRICE WARS is a fascinating, original and groundbreaking expose of the power of the commodities markets to disrupt the world.