Heliopolis acquires Taiwanese rights for THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES!

We are beyond excited to let you know that THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD has now been acquired by Heliopolis in Taiwan. Now the book will be published already in 8 languages!

The new non-fiction title by journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste covers 50 companies that by large determine what kind of a world we all live in.

Download the long English sample here!

English sample includes the introduction and the chapters about Google, Gazprom, Deutsche Bank and Disney.

The title was first published in January this year and had already been acquired by A.W. Bruna in the Netherlands, Rahva Raamat in Estonia, Ullstein/Econ in Germany, Lind&Co in Sweden, Scolar in Hungary and Newton Compton in Italy!

Although 8 translation rights have been sold, they are still available in the US, UK, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania etc.

The lives of most people around the world are directly influenced by those 50 companies, but few are aware of the dark undercurrents of interest beneath them. This book reveals the shocking truth about the inner workings of these companies, and how they affect all of our lives. It is with great excitement that we present this book in a superb edition for readers of Traditional Chinese language. It will arouse the curiosity of all readers who are interested in the power of economic forces to shape our lives, for better or worse.
—Mina Lin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Heliopolis Culture Group, Taiwan


by Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

Large multinational corporations influence how we think, what we eat, who we meet, how we spend our time and even who we vote for. As those businesses grow, their influence and power over people and governments also grows. To make sure that the future is not dictated by corporations, but by people, we need to know more about them.

This exciting non-fiction title by experienced financial journalists Hannu Sokala and Juha-Pekka Raeste covers 50 companies that comprise a large part of global market forces. They determine what kind of a world we all live in.
The title of this book immediately caught my eye, but it’s rare that a book delivers beyond its clever name. This book does. It’s an entertaining, thought-provoking read about the world we live in and the companies that, when unchecked, will shape our future.
Joost van den Ossenblok, Publisher Non-Fiction, A.W. Bruna Uitgevers, Netherlands

I like the idea of 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES. The title grapped my attention immediately. The authors show the necessary competence and also gain my sympathy by admitting very openly that their selection is subjective. Nevertheless, the mix of well-known and never-heard-before companies is convincing   After reading you are definitely smarter than before. It’s a profound but at the same time timeless and easy to sell title. I am glad to publish this project in Germany.
– Juergen Diessl, Publishing Director, Econ Verlag, Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH, Germany

We used to believe that the World is governed by states and international organizations. We lived by the rules set by those entities and elect politicians to oversee that these rules and laws are applied – as democracies should.
What we didn’t know is that in the shadows of our everyday life, there are other entities – multinational corporations –  that have made our lives more convenient and versatile, but also while doing that, have amassed a huge amount of power that they are not keen to give away.
We rarely come to see how this power was created and how it is used today. Are those companies, rather than our countries and laws, controlling our lives? Who are those companies? Let’s find out!
– Rain Siemer, Publisher, Rahva Raamat, Estonia

This book immediately caught my attention and we are proud to be Raeste’s and Sokala’s Swedish publisher. We constantly read about some of the corporations in the book, like Google or Amazon, others, like Hon Hai, Tencent and Zhōngguó Yāncǎo Zǒnggōngsī, the world’s largest tobacco business, are unknown to most of us. We really look forward to the release and hope that this thrilling, frightening and enlightening work will reach many readers, since we all need more knowledge about the ever-expanding global conglomerates and their impact on our future on this planet.
– Anders Gustafson, Senior Editor, Non-Fiction, Lind & Co, Sweden

THE 50 MOST DANGEROUS COMPANIES IN THE WORLD is a a book that is not afraid to name things. an investigation that will change the perspective of many on who they are ruling the future of the world and how little we can trust them. It is terrible to realize for certain that money has become more important than people’s well-being. Investigations like this on, accurate and rigorous, renew the sense of the publisher’s profession
– Martina Donati, Editor, Newton Compton, Italy

When reading this we are sitting behind Ikea desks, using Microsoft laptops, maybe even drinking Coca-Cola. After the Covid times we plan to travel with Ryanair on a Boeing airplane. But until we cannot travel, we advise to read this book, which can bring closer to the understanding the world around us. We are happy to present to the Hungarian readers this undoubtedly exciting reading.
– Andras Kozma, Foreign Rights Manager, Scolar Kiadó, Hungary

The book’s title 50 Most Dangerous Companies is a compelling lure. It makes you think of an excavator hoisting out the biggest crooks one by one. In truth, journalists Juha-Pekka Raeste and Hannu Sokala deliver multifaceted analyses of the powerful companies. …/ Raeste and Sokala deliver excellent journalism. It takes initiative, it’s thought-provoking, entertaining, and appropriately polemicizing. 
– Mikael Kosk, Hufvudstadsbladet Newspaper

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava/Nemo (orig.)

ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
GERMANY: Econ/Ullstein
ITALY: Newton Compton
SWEDEN: Lind & Co
TAIWAN: Heliopolis

Reading materials:
English sample, full Finnish manuscript

Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

Juha-Pekka Raeste covers international and domestic business for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He focuses on the biggest corporations and the IT industry.

Hannu Sokala works as an investigative reporter for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. His work covers e.g. international finance and macroeconomics.


Juha-Pekka Raeste & Hannu Sokala

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

2021, General Nonfiction, History & Politics

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