Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade

Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade

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by Ian Smillie
     
 

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Blood on the Stone' is a gripping account of the cartel, warlords, gun runners and shadowy traders who populated Africa's bloody diamond wars, and the faltering, decade-long effort to clean up an entire industry.  See more details below

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Blood on the Stone' is a gripping account of the cartel, warlords, gun runners and shadowy traders who populated Africa's bloody diamond wars, and the faltering, decade-long effort to clean up an entire industry.

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‘The book’s strengths are threefold. The first is that it explains the murky trade in rough diamonds in crisp, compelling prose. […] The second strength is that Smillie’s writing on Sierra Leone is excellent. It is one of the best summaries of that country’s civil war and how diamonds bankrolled the RUF. […] Third is that he offers memorable observations on the difficulties in launching the Kimberley Process.’ –‘No One’s Best Friend: A Canadian expert examines the devastation diamonds have wrought in four African countries’, book review by Blake Lambert in the ‘Literary Review of Canada’

'Smillie is one of the most well-known experts and advocates on blood diamonds. […] ‘Blood on the Stone’ marks another contribution to a growing body of literature on natural resource extraction purchases.' —Lee Berthiaume, ‘Embassy’ magazine book review

'Smillie’s skill is the ability to write a scholarly record of the circumstances that created conflict diamonds while also providing an entertaining, fast-paced read full of intrigue. ‘Blood on the Stone’ will be welcomed by anyone interested in Africa, corporate social responsibility, and geopolitics.' —‘Gems & Gemology’ Winter 2010 Book Reviews

'Timely and of interest.' —‘International Affairs’ January 2011 Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857286611
Publisher:
Anthem Press
Publication date:
08/15/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
252
File size:
837 KB

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'Required reading for anyone who still believes the diamond trade is only about love, honor and trust… A devastating, important work… Read this before you buy another diamond.' —Greg Campbell, co-author of 'Flawless: Inside the World's Largest Diamond Heist'

'A masterly account of the dark side of the diamond trade. Smillie's scalpel has cut very deep.' —Matthew Hart, author of 'Diamond: the history of a cold-blooded love affair'

'Smillie's compelling narrative of the journey from teacher to prosecutor is touching and breathtaking.' —Peta Thornycroft, award-winning Zimbabwean journalist

'Very high-octane…by far the most interesting and illuminating account of the blood diamond campaign.' —Dr Lansana Gberie, author of 'A Dirty War in West Africa'

'Ian Smillie was among the first international and most eloquent investigators who understood and publicly denounced the use of 'blood diamonds'… In 'Blood on the Stone', he links his own experiences and deep knowledge of the diamond trade to the history of… how these gemstones with no intrinsic value drive conflict, corruption and mayhem. It is an important story, and one that needs to be understood if the world is to help end the misery of conflicts driven by commodities and greed.' —Douglas Farah, co-author of 'Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible'

'Global Witness, after first alerting the world to the horror of blood diamonds in 1998, has worked closely with PAC on the campaign to stop diamonds funding war. Smillie's book is a fascinating read about the world of diamonds, war and greed.' —Charmian Gooch, co-founder, Global Witness

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Meet the Author

Ian Smillie has lived and worked in Africa and Asia as a teacher, consultant, investigator and writer. For the past ten years his career has focused on blood diamonds, the wars they fuelled and a scheme designed to stop them. This has taken him from the jungles of West Africa to the backstreets of Antwerp and a war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he was the first witness in the trial of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Smillie was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.

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Blood on the Stone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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*waits for Cato*
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