Friday, June 18, 2010

Blood Diamond.

Blood Diamond. By Greg Campbell.

I picked this book up simply out of boredom. It is the true story of the diamond trade. Millions have been killed or mutilated to get the relatively common stone. A single diamond company has controlled the diamond market for almost two hundred years. Restricting the trade and sale for all that time, by only ever allowing 10% of the stock ever to go to market they now have the largest world supplies of diamonds and sell to the public. It was shocking to learn the truth about diamonds, and how they cause social unrest, wars and rebellions in Africa. This is one of those stories about something that seems so pure and symbolic but in truth is a hideous mess. I definitely want to reread this book.

9 out of 10.

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