BOOK REVIEW: Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World
By Scott Reynolds Nelson. Basic Books, New York. Hard cover, 356 pages with notes, bibliography and index. US$32
Schoolchildren and scholars, according to Scott Reynolds Nelson, “believe they understand the world when they know the names of countries, capitals and kings.” But for grain traders, understanding the world means finding the big cities where food converges and working outward to find the pathways between humans.
Today, almost more than any time in record…