Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

by Greg Campbell
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Blood Diamonds: Tracing The Deadly Path Of The World's Most Precious Stones 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.