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Blood Diamonds, Revised Edition: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Blood Diamonds, Revised Edition: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

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Overview

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. Updated with a new epilogue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465029921
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 401,715
  • File size: 897 KB

Meet the Author

Greg Campbell is a freelance journalist and former editor of the Boulder Weekly. He reported a series of articles from Sarajevo just after the Dayton Accord. He lives in Longmont, CO.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2003

    important isue

    I had heard the basic story about the blood diamonds on one of the news programs about 3 and a half years ago, when we discussed it in one of my political science classes. When I found out about this book, I simply had to read it. It was horrifying and made me feel very ashamed of how all of us are perpetuating this environment in Africa. This book is so important for everyone to read, so we can try to do something about it, even if it just boycotting diamonds. When I tell soon-to-be-brides about what their diamond may have done to a small child in Africa, many times they don't believe me. It is seriously time to wake up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    A must read

    Absolutely awesome book. I could not put it down. It not only tells about the diamond industry but shows just how corrupt and vulnerable the resource rich African Countries are. It is a real story of how imperialism continues to destroy a country for the profit of the wealthy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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