Javier Blas and Jack Farchy are two of the world's best-known journalists covering energy, commodities and trading houses. They both work for Bloomberg News, where Blas is chief energy correspondent and Farchy is a senior reporter covering natural resources. Blas and Farchy have interviewed most of the key figures in the commodity trading industry - in many cases the first interviews the traders had ever given. They've published the financial accounts of many of these secretive companies for the first time. And they've travelled extensively to nearly 100 countries, reporting on oil, food and war from countries as diverse as Kazakhstan, Ivory Coast, and Libya. The pair frequently appear on TV and radio as experts on commodities. Blas has been interviewed on BBC News, CNN and Al Jazeera, and Farchy frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 Today. The World for Sale is their first book.
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