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

Greg Campbell
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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 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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About the Author

Greg Campbell is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of The Road to Kosovo: A Balkan Diary. His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle and the fifth edition of Lonely Planet's West Africa guidebook. He lives in Longmont, Colorado.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1034 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CW0H60S
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 2 edition (3 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Limited scope 18 May 2013
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The subject of the book is most interesting however it is a pity that detail is poor in several places and it focuses too narrowly in a particular geographic area but the facts that are given give a good insight into the difficulties of trying to control such a trade in illicit precious stones from wherever they may be mined. A noble attempt that goes some way towards giving those people who are unaware of the trials and tribulations the local populace suffer to line the pockets of the warlords.

A sequel of a broader perspective would be invaluable, particularly as to how the legitimate companies trading such diamonds manage to escape punishment and to how the challenges of controlling the trade are developing
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good money saver ;) 19 May 2011
Bought this book after watching the film and was not disappointed by it. A good book to give you an inside on diamonds trade and all the conflicts and killings behind it.
I reckon that with this book I will save a few grant cause I will definitely never buy a diamond and thus perpetuate this dirty and obscure business and if any woman actually asks me for a diamond I'll just point at the book and suggest a reading! If she afertwards still wants a diamond then pointing at door might be the best solution!! hehehe
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Narrative with Its Flaws 20 April 2004
By Jonathan Weisman - Published on
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.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds are not a girl's best friend.... 21 Feb. 2003
By S. Samba Campos - Published on
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I lived in Sierra Leone for quite a number of years and hence had the opportunity to experience what it was like to live sorrounded by poverty and diamonds (the Kono area). Unfortunately for me and my family, security reasons forced us to leave the country in the nineties.
Nowadays I live in Madrid, Spain. I'm a doctoral student and my research area is the diamond industry of Sierra Leone and its implications on the underdevelopment of Sierra Leone.
Mr. campbell's book has been very valuable to me because of the information it contains (for my disertation) and because it has sadly/happily brought me back to the country that I love most in the world.
Thank you Mr Campbell!
I strongly recommend the reading of this book.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Not Final Word 8 Jan. 2008
By H. Campbell - Published on
Mr. Campbell (no relation) has an engaging style and has written an informative, though skewed, account of the forces at play in the Sierra Leone tragedy. He skillfully describes how the greed for diamond sale revenue enabled this country to descend into chaos and unspeakable horror. However, he attempts to make this a Western guilt trip by emphasizing how willing market players are to look the other way, thus absolving themselves of any culpability for the bloodbath. Campbell builds on a thin reed indeed, and fails to make analogies with other resources from other strife ridden African countries, such as Angola and its oil, that would more accurately demonstrate how free markets work in an amoral, rather than immoral, environment. I don't see Campbell advocating boycotting Angolan oil because of the atrocities being committed in that conflict. Nor should he, because those transactions occur outside the frame work of a nation's internal affairs, no matter how unjust or cruel those may be. The fact is, African countries have been pursuing the path of self destruction for 5 decades now with no other incentive than for one ethnic or ideological group attempting to acquire wealth and power at the expense of the nation. Attempts to lay this at the West's feet are misguided, disingenuous and unhelpful on many levels, but especially for the average African themselves. While I recommend Campbell's readable volume for its conciseness and wit, please do not limit yourself in seeing other dimensions to this, especially the corruption of ECOWAS and its military mission as well as the ethnic jealousy involved between natives and the economically dominant Lebanese.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never cared for diamonds, now I have a REAL REASON for it 27 Jun. 2003
By BrooklynGal - Published on
I have always questioned the materialism of friends and family after years and years of seeing DeBeers on Tv, magazines, and newspapers senselessly pounding their marketing into my head. I've never been one to go along with the crowd, and I've met some Sierra Leonians and heard their stories of how they'd escaped. I quote this book whenever someone asks me about the jewelry I wear--the ever-present, "Oh, BUT YOU don't have any diamonds." I refuse to give up my political beliefs (enormously illustrated in this book, take a hint Family and Friends!) in order to wear a shiny piece of carbon. A diamond is forever? So is death, mutilation, bloodshed, and amputation. Mr. Campbell, you've done the entire Western world a great service by exposing all in this book. This is a pulverizing read, impossible to put down. You will never look at the words "engagement ring" and feel the same ever after reading this book.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priorities 20 Oct. 2002
By catherinemalara - Published on
Do we need a PR firm to boost the value of human life over a diamond? BLOOD DIAMONDS is an amazing book, filled with detail and stark commentary but , more than that, presenting a story of contemporary times in a small African country that most of us didn't know.
I thought back to what was happening in my life in 1999 and 2000. I knew a home health aide from Sierra Leone who told me her country was in a civil war, that her relatives could not come or go and that she sent them whatever she could. Blood Diamonds' author Greg Campbell fills in the awful details of her story.
We are working on becoming the small world and community some would like to be. Could we contribute by shutting down the Sierra Leone mines, buying their mangoes instead and letting the people there really go to the beach in a place called FREETOWN?
What a well-written story; it should touch your heart and soul.
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