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

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Basic Books, 2004 - Social Science - 251 pages
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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. 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 are both shockingly deadly and unquestionably global. Updated with a new epilogue.

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This book did a great job of opening my eyes to the deep paradox of the diamond industry. It felt a bit repetitive at times, but was generally mighty compelling, though I would have preferred a more animated voice actor for the audiobook. Read full review

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Such an incredibly important book to read to understand and to made aware of what happens to get materialistic things. 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, Salon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, CNNMoney.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and Lonely Planet, among others. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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