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

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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.

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"Campbell notes that this same illegal diamond trading that has wrecked Sierra Leone may provide the basis for hope as the West is compelled to address the tragic circumstances of this war-torn nation." Booklist

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"Campbell does an excellent job telling the story of 'blood diamonds.' But he leaves unanswered a number of questions that the nation and the world will be grappling with for years to come." Rocky Mountain News

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"A vivid, hair-raising tale of brutal proportions that outdistances any fictional tale of derring-do." Washington Times

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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 consequence.

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A revised edition of the definitive portrait of the global network of blood diamonds. It “will forever change the way you think about a jewel sparkling on the ring of a young bride.” (-Boulder Daily Camera)

About the Author

Greg Campbell is an award-winning freelance journalist and the editor of the Fort Collins Weekly. His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the fifth edition of Lonely Planet's West Africa guidebook. He lives in Longmont, Colorado.

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Susan Dawson, July 23, 2007 (view all comments by Susan Dawson)
I will never look at a diamond again in the same way as I did before discovering this book. I listened to an unabridged audio version. At first when I ordered the audio from Recorded Books Unlimited (Sorry, Powell's.),
I thought it was fiction, Chills ran down my spine when I discovered that the narrator was telling a true tale. "Diamonds are forever."--a sentence that now
brings images of death at the hands (literally) of the poor who risk their lives in the diamond fields controlled by the robber barons of this century.
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Matthew Pharr, July 20, 2007 (view all comments by Matthew Pharr)
Blood Diamonds is a must read for anyone concerned with modern day Africa. By the end of the book I could not set it down. Campbell does a marvelous job of describing the current situation in the Diamond Industry. Not only does Campbell show the impact the trade has on Africa but extends the impact to all of us consuming these magnificent stones.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780813342207
Subtitle:
Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
Author:
Campbell, Greg
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
Boulder
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Africa, West
Subject:
Sierra leone
Subject:
Diamond industry and trade.
Subject:
Diamond miners
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - Strategies
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
World
Subject:
History
Subject:
Diamond industry and trade - Social aspects -
Subject:
Diamond miners - Crimes against -
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series Volume:
Heft 15
Publication Date:
20120403
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 12 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Westview Press - English 9780813342207 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Campbell notes that this same illegal diamond trading that has wrecked Sierra Leone may provide the basis for hope as the West is compelled to address the tragic circumstances of this war-torn nation."
"Review" by , "Campbell does an excellent job telling the story of 'blood diamonds.' But he leaves unanswered a number of questions that the nation and the world will be grappling with for years to come."
"Review" by , "A vivid, hair-raising tale of brutal proportions that outdistances any fictional tale of derring-do."
"Synopsis" by , 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 consequence.
"Synopsis" by ,
A revised edition of the definitive portrait of the global network of blood diamonds. It “will forever change the way you think about a jewel sparkling on the ring of a young bride.” (-Boulder Daily Camera)
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