The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

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Macmillan, Jun 12, 2007 - Business & Economics - 340 pages
35 Reviews

An American Library Association Notable Book
 
When he proposed to his girlfriend, Tom Zoellner gave what is expected of every American man--a diamond engagement ring. But when the relationship broke apart, he was left with a used diamond that began to haunt him. His obsession carried him around the globe; from the "blood diamond" rings of Africa; to the sweltering polishing factories of India; to mines above the Arctic Circle; to illegal diggings in Brazil; to the London headquarters of De Beers, the secretive global colossus that has dominated the industry for more than a century and permanently carved the phrase "A diamond is forever" on the psyche. An adventure story in the tradition of Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief, The Heartless Stone is a voyage into the cold heart of the world's most unyielding gem.
  

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Review: The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

User Review  - D. Norman - Goodreads

Read his "Trains" and was fascinated. Thought I'd try this but couldn't finish it. Barely interesting in some places (advertising); totly uninteresting in others (Brazil). That's where I stopped reading. Also his whining about his lost love was a total turn off. Read full review

Review: The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

This was a surprisingly interesting book. I started it thinking I would find a "short" summary of the diamond industry, maybe with a few anecdotes thrown in. What I got was the exact opposite ... Read full review

Contents

Dying Stars Central African Republic
1
Desired Results Japan
35
The Strong Man Brasil
68
The Cartel South Africa
96
The New Era Australia
133
Blood Diamonds Angola
155
The Stone Mills India
184
Midnight Sun Canada
219
Alchemy Russia
258
The Big Nothing United States of America
282
Notes on Sources
315
Acknowledgments
325
Index
331
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About the author (2007)

Tom Zoellner is a contributing editor for Men's Health magazine and has worked as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Salt Lake Tribune, and The Arizona Republic. The 2002 recipient of the Knight Fellowship in Specialized Reporting, he lives in New York City.

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