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

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Westview Press, 2002 - Science - 251 pages
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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 consequenceFirst 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.

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i don't care how clean you tell me it is, i never want a diamond. i read a lot of depressing, intense non-fiction, and this was both if not extremely disturbing. the prologue alone made me nauseous ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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Greg Campbell is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for such publications as The Atlantic, The Economist, WSJ Magazine, Paris Match, Foreign Policy,, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today,, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and Lonely Planet, among others. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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