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Posted April 20, 2004
A Compelling Narrative with Its Flaws
Campbell writes compelling narrative with a fascinating array of characters - corrupt dictators, warlords, mercenaries, peacekeepers, child soldiers, missionaries, shady Middle Eastern merchants, diamond buyers, jewelers, diplomats, et al. - weaving in the tragedy that the pursuit of instant riches in the alluvial diamond fields of West Africa has wrought. The result is a modern morality tale about the scarce resources, globalization, and violence. The book, however, is flawed by its author's failure to properly situate his narrative within the historical and political context of subregional conflict involving Liberia and Sierra Leone. The reader would thus do well to supplement this volume with a good political narrative like Pham's LIBERIA: PORTRAIT OF A FAILED STATE (Reed Press) or Ellis's MASK OF ANARCHY (New York University Press) in order to get a complete picture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2003
Finally the truth... America's cover-up
This book is an compelling story of the truth and what really takes place behind close doors in Africa. I am thrilled that someone has shed light on such an important issue that people do not even take the time out to think where some of the goods that are worn and purchase stem from...the Blood of innocent 'BLACK' people that are forever scarred; for what Beauty. The expolt of Black africian. Shame on AMERICA.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2003
Wow! I Had No Idea ...
What an eye opening book. The thought of pre-teens and teenagers carrying and using AK-47's and machetes -- scares me. The description of the horrific things that they and their accomplice did -- terrifies me. The role that our government played -- embarrasses me. The role that the diamond industry played -- angers me. I will never look at diamonds the same way again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.