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I love and devour books constantly, and this one stands out even among the best. Here, blended together, are clear and basic tutorials in business, economics, finance and trading, and plenty of the language in these fields. Grain turns out to be a great way to illustrate these ideas, deals and processes. The author reads her book, which is yet another great facet: it is just right to hear this in the voice, inflections and embodiment of a midwestern person, who grew up in that environment, then went to higher education and sharpened the tools and understandings. Her voice and content are both so wholesomely midwestern, it provides perfect packaging for these themes. This book is right in the mainstream of our economy's thinking and language, and a very fine bit of teaching, yet this is a very singular expression, all its own, unlike anything I've seen. My unqualified thanks to this author for her work.
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This book is terrific overview of a complex subject. In addition to being comprehensive, it goes into great detail on all major aspects of grain trading.
Will reading or listening to it make you a "Master"? No, because it's just a book (or audiobook), and that's not a substitute for years of experience in the grain markets. Nevertheless, you will have to know and understand all the material covered here if you eventually hope to achieve mastery.
Elaine Kub is truly one of the best teachers you could find if you seek deep insight into the markets for corn, wheat, and beans. She writes very clearly, and her narration is superb. I agree with a previous reviewer: Her mid-western accent is an extra bonus; it subtly underscores my impression that she knows whereof she speaks.
I especially liked the short farm stories that intersperse all the technical detail. The author uses these scenarios to remind us that agriculture occurs in a very human context, and is more than just a huge complex of numbers.
All in all, this is a great buy if you want to get involved with grain trading. I listened to the book during my walks, and now understand a lot more of why the markets operate the way they do.
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A detailed and interesting look into a world that I now nothing about. The author manages to convey a technical subject in a way accessible to a general reader, and does a good job of explaining the various technical terms one needs to know. She also provides some interesting insights into related subjects such as changing technology and the organic movement.
If I have a criticism, it is that she has a tendency to put in lengthy anecdotal stories of farming families going about their business. IMO these provided little insight into the subject and are presumably there to try to provide colour and human interest.
She does a decent job as her own narrator.