CHAPTER 1: Floors, Fields, and Famines 1
CHAPTER 2: Chicago Makes a Market 13
CHAPTER 3: Elephants in the Kiddie Pool 25
CHAPTER 4: A Recipe for Famine 39
CHAPTER 5: The View from Rome 51
CHAPTER 6: Hot Air 65
CHAPTER 7: Promise 79
CHAPTER 8: The Price of a Cup of Coffee 97
CHAPTER 9: A Better Banana 113
CHAPTER 10: Thai Quality 131
CHAPTER 11: Steps Up 147
CHAPTER 12: Harvest of Hope 159
About the Author 191
— Serious Eats!
"Worth checking out … Based on the author's personal visits to farmers around the world, Bjerga explains how the crisis happened (short answer: greed), it’s tragic effects, and what now has to be done to reverse them."
— The Atlantic
"Some of Bjerga’s best writing is about the inner workings of the Chicago Board of Trade and other markets, and when he brings American agricultural history into the story of what other countries have not had and do not have to encourage stable agricultural development. … Bjerga’s skill is in the way he forces the reader to make connections between aspects of agriculture that do not normally appear together. And the book is chock full of unusual observations."
“My Thanksgiving holiday book discovery will become Christmas season reading. ... Lest you think this is just another rant at financial and trading institutions, be aware that Bjerga is a veteran commodities writer and Washington correspondent."
— Lee Egerstrom in Hindsight: The Minnesota 2020 Blog