Synopses & Reviews
Rare, romantic, and forever: The diamond industry depends on these myths to reap billions of dollars of profit. This sensational investigation explodes such fallacies and reveals how multimillion dollar advertising campaigns create the impression of rarity and romance. It reveals, too, a very secret and unromantic world, one that is dominated and controlled by a handful of mighty corporations.
Taking us through seven decades of intrigue and manipulation that span the globe, Janine Roberts has written the most expansive and explosive expose ever on diamonds; among Roberts' revelations:
- How De Beers hides away rich diamond deposits and where some of these are located.
- How a long-term companion of Jackie Onassis was a CIA-linked millionaire diamond merchant tied to coups and dictators in Central Africa.
- Just how diamonds are "fixed" to make them more expensive.
- How major diamond companies cooperated with Hitler's Germany and how much they were paid.
- How industrial diamond supplies were artificially restricted to the United States during World War II, severely damaging its war effort and how U.S. Intelligence came to suspect treason.
- How a major diamond deposit in Arkansas was sabotaged to stop it coming into production.
- How the White House was manipulated into buying millions of diamonds it did not need and now must sell.
- How terrorism found its way into the diamond trade, not recently but many decades ago.
- How diamonds are secretly moved by the millions around the world.
The inquiry the diamond cartel did not want and tried to stop...If you have ever wondered what tales might lie behind the glitter of a diamond ring, read this account of the most international media investigation ever launched!
"Read and get ready to defy conventional wisdom that no one really cares enough to challenge business as usual in the diamond world. For after reading Glitter and Greed, you will be compelled to act. Africans should mine, cut, polish, market, distribute, manufacture, and export the jewelry that originates upon its shores in much the same way that France controls its wine production and the United States controls its defense technology." Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
"Roberts delivers her information without any apprehension it is a life's work, a piece to admire." Newcity Chicago
"Brides-to-be hoping for a diamond engagement ring are advised to keep Glitter & Greed out of their fiances' hands." Boston Globe
Janine Roberts is that rare individual who unflinchingly speaks truth to power. She battles her way past all the obstacles and provides us a glimpse of those who are in the innermost circles of global power. But instead of being seduced by their power and wealth, she exposes what they do and how they do it and how it comes to hurt us all.
I count myself among the privileged in this world to know Janine and her work. In 'Glitter and Greed' she graphically reveals the brutality of those who orchestrate the diamond wars that continue to wreck Africa today. She gave testimony for me at a hearing in Congress that was shocking in its revelations, but thorough in its documentation.
She has hunted down the shady dealers of the diamond cartel and of DeBeers, itself. She reveals here for the first time the disturbing secrets of the individuals, governments, and corporations that have ruled the diamond world for the past one hundred years.
Read and get ready to defy conventional wisdom that no one really cares enough to challenge business as usual in the diamond world. For after reading 'Glitter and Greed', you will be compelled to act. Africans should mine, cut, polish, market, distribute, manufacture, and export the jewelry that originates upon its shores in much the same way that France controls its wine production and the United States controls its defense technology.
--Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
This sensational investigation takes us through seven decades of intrigue and manipulation, spanning the entire globe and showing how control was wrested from the original syndicates; how the interests of the diamond industry and the United States government mysteriously coincided in developing African nations; and how the long arms of the diamond cartel reach into countries and their conflicts worldwide.
Goes behind the myths and fallacies of the billion-dollar diamond industry to expose the deceitful and corrupt practices of a trade controlled by a handful of powerful corporations.
About the Author
Janine Roberts has been investigating the diamond business for more than 23 years, during which time she has led numerous newspaper investigations and produced several documentary films, including BBC/WGBH co-production The Diamond Empire, which led to her invitation to testify before the United States Congress. She was also a principal speaker at the first post-apartheid conference of Southern African diamond mineworkers. Before starting her research on diamonds, she was engaged in civil rights work for Australian Aborigines and authored several books on their fight for justice. A human rights activist, she has also published on biological and chemical weapons in the Financial Times and written for other major newspapers.
Table of Contents
Introduction Blood Diamonds and Terrorists: An Overview
Chapter 1 The Diamond Hunt
Chapter 2 In Bondage - The Child and Adult Cutters of India
Chapter 3 Diamonds and Tribal Rights
Chapter 4 How Diamonds Were Made Rare
Chapter 5 How the Only US Diamond Mine Was Sabotaged
Chapter 6 Rationing the United States
Chapter 7 Diamonds for Hitler
Chapter 8 Selling the Diamond Myth
Chapter 9 The Forging of Diamonds
Chapter 10 Selling Conflict Diamonds to the White House
Chapter 11 The Most Powerful of Diamond Merchants
Chapter 12 The Secret Movement Of Diamonds
Chapter 13 Conflict Diamonds and the Diamond Wars
Chapter 14 The Secrets of The Worlds Most Prolific Diamond Mine; And Lessons from Fraud in Sierra Leone.
Chapter 15 The Diamonds of the Frozen North
Chapter 16 The Diamond Heartland of De Beers
Chapter 17 Defending the Crown
Chapter 18 The Future of the Diamond Trade
Epilogue Dangers of the Hunt: The Making of 'The Diamond Empire' and of of this book
Appendix The Clean Diamond Trade Act