Merchants of Grain

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Merchants of Grain

By Dan Morgan
Viking, 1979
387 pp. $14.95

The international grain merchants are a secretive lot and the frustrations suffered by Mr. Morgan of The Washington Post show in this book. Still, it tells us more than any other work about the past and present of the biggest (and mostly American) firms. In the realm of public affairs there are useful accounts of some familiar episodes (Soviet wheat, Korean rice) and revealing reports on less well known matters such as the activities of the Department of Agriculture in pushing grain sales abroad. All told, there is less than a reader could hope for but more than has been collected in one place before.

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