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
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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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THE HEARTLESS STONE: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Sparkling debut from adventuresome journalist Zoellner, who traveled the world to tell the dirty, glorious and sometime bloody story of diamonds.When his fiancée returned her engagement ring, the ... Read full review

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User Review  - sdjurek17 - LibraryThing

Interesting, the history of diamonds in america and their sociological context. Knowing the origin, actual history and social history was great, I did feel this book left something of a futile view of ... Read full review

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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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