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Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Path of the World's Most Precious Stones


Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

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    Greg Campbell(Author) Tom Weiner(Reader)
Journalist Greg Campbell leads the reader down the international diamond trail of brutality, horror, and profit - providing an on-the-ground and in-the-mines story of global consequence. First discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These blood diamonds are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry. Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into the rings and necklaces of brides and spouses the world over. Blood Diamonds is the gripping tale of how the diamond smuggling works, how the rebel war has effectively destroyed Sierra Leone and its people, and how the policies of the diamond industry - institutionalized in the 1880s by the De Beers cartel - have allowed it to happen. Award-winning journalist Greg Campbell traces the deadly trail of these diamonds, many of which are brought to the world market by fanatical enemies, including the Al Qaeda network. These repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt far beyond the borders of the poor and war-ridden country of Sierra Leone, and the consequences of overlooking this African tragedy, as the world has seen, are both shockingly deadly and unquestionably global.

Greg Campbell is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary. His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle and the fifth edition of Lonely Planet's West Africa guidebook. He lives in Longmont, Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Scouseman on 18 May 2013

    The subject of the book is most interesting however it is a pity that detail is poor in several places and it focuses too narrowly in a particular geographic area but the facts that are given give a good insight into the difficulties of trying to control such a trade in illicit precious stones from wherever they may be mined. A noble attempt that goes some way towards giving those people who are unaware of the trials and tribulations the local populace suffer to line the pockets of the warlords.A sequel of a broader perspective would be invaluable, particularly as to how the legitimate companies trading such diamonds manage to escape punishment and to how the challenges of controlling the trade are developing

  • By Sukuma on 2 March 2016

    Very interesting book on how manipulating the diamond market has impacted thousands of lives in a very negative way. Excellent marketing by the diamond companies has made diamonds very desirable, though in my mind just an image. I have never owned a diamond for jewery and certainly after reading this I don't want to ever own or desire one. If only people understand how people have died, fought wars and the number of lives that have been lost due to the desire to own diamonds,

  • By Jules on 2 September 2014

    If you ever wondered exactly what conflict diamonds are, then this is the book for you.Harrowingly illustrating the utter brutality and senseless nature of a war without any boundaries or conscience, Blood Diamonds is written more like a gripping novel - but is sadly non-fiction.Read it and make your own mind up - you will have an opinion.

  • By Tiago Meneses on 19 May 2011

    Bought this book after watching the film and was not disappointed by it. A good book to give you an inside on diamonds trade and all the conflicts and killings behind it.I reckon that with this book I will save a few grant cause I will definitely never buy a diamond and thus perpetuate this dirty and obscure business and if any woman actually asks me for a diamond I'll just point at the book and suggest a reading! If she afertwards still wants a diamond then pointing at door might be the best solution!! hehehe

  • By Misty on 20 July 2015

    gripping, proves the attitude of the governments in the 1st world have very little regard to the people in the 3rd world until it hurts them and then they get involved

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