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A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire


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In the sixteenth century, one of the world's most precious commodities was cochineal, a legendary red dye treasured by the ancient Mexicans and sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors. Shipped to Europe, the dye created a sensation, producing the brightest, strongest red the world had ever seen. Soon Spain's cochineal monopoly was worth a fortune. As the English, French, Dutch, and other Europeans joined the chase for cochineal — a chase that lasted for more than three centuries — a tale of pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies unfolds. A Perfect Red evokes with style and verve this history of a grand obsession, of intrigue, empire, and adventure in pursuit of the most desirable color on earth.

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Amy Butler Greenfield's grandfather and great-grandfather were dyers, and she has long been fascinated by the history of color. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in the Adirondacks and graduated from Williams College. As a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, she studied imperial Spain and Renaissance Europe. She now lives with her husband near Boston.

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Natalia, September 6, 2011 (view all comments by Natalia)
It is a perfect book about the Color Red. A lot of research has been done, but the story is so masterfully written that it is a very entertaining reading. The time of Colonization and beyond are covered by telling a story of red dye. The world history is presented from this angle and it really adds depth to the facts we already know. Probably would be a great non-fiction book for fiction readers who want to try the genre.
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Greenfield, Amy Butler
Harper Perennial
Hunter, Erin
by Amy Butler Greenfield
Engineering - Chemical & Biochemical
World - General
Techniques - Color
Chemical & Biochemical
General History
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
World History-General
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8.00x5.28x.87 in. .61 lbs.
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