Cornerstone has acquired the rights to the “gripping” inside story of the “the last swashbucklers of global capitalism”.
The World for Sale by Javier Blas and Jack Farchy will explore how commodity trading operates in the 21st century.
Rowan Borchers, editor at Random House Business Books, bought UK and Commonwealth rights at auction from James Pullen at the Wylie Agency. The World for Sale will be published by Random House Business Books in hardback, trade paperback and ebook in 2020.
“In The World for Sale, the pair will draw on an extraordinary network of contacts to reveal precisely how traders make a living. They will travel the globe – from the battlefields of Libya, to the cobalt mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the corn fields of the American Midwest – to uncover the economic impact of commodity trading,” said the publisher.
Borchers said: “From the first page of Jack and Javier’s proposal, I was gripped by their depiction of this hidden world of adventurous traders and intrepid deals. The World for Sale looks set to hold its own alongside the likes of The Big Short and Barbarians at the Gate as an essential account of the inner workings of modern capitalism.”