Synopses & Reviews
For centuries, diamonds have symbolized wealth, prestige and love; however, behind those symbols lies a world of deceit, monopoly and war.
Hart follows the diamond trail around the globe, from the basement room where Gabi Tolkowsky, the world's greatest diamond cutter, faced the 599-carat Centenary diamond, to the fogbound smugglers' paradise of Africa's Diamond Coast. He records the heroic struggle of the 24-year old woman who discovered a multibillion dollar diamond mine on the Arctic Circle and describes the company that feared her most, masterminds of the great and shadowy diamond cartel.
Combining history, science, business, and adventure, Diamond captures the essence of this priceless gem and the world that surrounds it.
"Hart tells a great story while explaining one of the world's most mysterious industries. The book is first-rate and immensely readable." —Sebastian Junger
"A splendid account." —National Geographic Adventure Magazine
"[Hart] has captured an elemental magic in this engaging book." —The Seattle Times
Includes bibliographical references (p. -258) and index.
Combining history, science, business, and adventure, "Diamond" captures the essence of this priceless gem and the world that surrounds it.
About the Author
Matthew Hart is a correspondent for the New York trade magazine, Rapaport Diamond Report, as well as the magazine's former mining editor. His articles on diamonds have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, W, and The Financial Post.
Table of Contents
Diamond 1. A Large Pink
2. The Diamond Seas
3. The Middle Empire
4. The Long Hunt
5. Rush in the Barrens
6. The End of the Old Cartel
7. The Manufacture of Desire
8. Bad Goods
9. The Diamond Wars
10. Diamond Cutter
11. Rosy Blue
12. The Dogrib Country