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Blood Diamonds

Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
Lu par : Tom Weiner
Durée : 7 h et 2 min
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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 the world over.

Blood Diamonds is the gripping story of how 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 and the repercussions felt far beyond the poor and war-ridden country of Sierra Leone.

©2002 Greg Campbell (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critiques

"A vivid, hair-raising tale of brutal proportions that outdistances any fictional tale of derring-do." ( Washington Times)
"This is an important, gut-wrenching story, one still unfolding in the wake of the war and September 2001." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"Mr. Campbell tells this complex tale from a personal, feet-on-the-ground perspective....He reminds us that there is no longer any such thing as an isolated conflict that governments and corporations can ignore with impunity." ( New York Times)

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  • Jan
  • 20/05/2007

Very bloody and very real.

This book is not really tracing the path of the conflict diamonds very far, it is describing the conflict and the politics involved in the civil war in and around Sierra Leone.

The book is very exiting to listen to since this book was written after "on location" research in the conflict zone.

The book is well written and it is not difficult to imagine the bloody details described in this book, like people having their hands chopped of by RUF rebels because the president had asked the population to hold hands and face the problems as a united country.

Highly recomended!

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  • Edward C. Charbonnet
  • 12/03/2007

Diamonds are not for love

Any American lady who reads this book will no longer think that diamonds stand for love. They stand for hate and greed and mutilation.

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  • Yvette D Skinner
  • 22/05/2009

An eye-opening read that will make you think twice

I wish that I had read this book sooner to warn me about the vicious brutality that has been perpetrated in Africa over diamond mining. It is sad how poorly regulated this industry is, and what a slick business the de Beers corporation has done to manipulate the market to keep prices artifically high and their pockets fat. I only have one diamond and I have to wonder if some poor soul had limbs hacked off over this tiny bit of rock. I am glad that I read this book because it has opened my eyes to the industry. If I ever buy another diamond it will be from the Canadian mines, cruelty free and from workers paid a decent wage.

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  • Brian
  • 30/06/2012

Great inside look at the diamond industry

What did you like best about this story?

The detailed investigative journalism.

If you could give Blood Diamonds a new subtitle, what would it be?

Amputations live forever.

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I made this purchase to learn more about Sierra Leone, it's civil war and the attitude sierra leoneians have about the industry that holds them in bondage. All of my questions were answered. I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed look into the history of the industry and the way it operates today. One of the most interesting parts of the book was about the connection between the 9/11 attacks and the diamond fields of Sierra Leone.

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  • amanda
  • 25/09/2016

a diamond is forever

loved it very informative. The reading was easy to follow. I could not wait to read more i feel more educated after reading this book.

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  • juicefit
  • 27/03/2015

Excellent

People don't count when it come to big business .... Ruthless , Frightening what's happening for the sake of diamonds.. Leave item on the shelves..

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  • Donald
  • 03/04/2007

Outstanding

This was a tragic and compelling story of a child soldier who experiences one tradedy after another, in which circumstance transforms him into a cold blooded killer. The story ripped at my heart strings and Beah's character saturates the story. I look forward to hearing more from this young author.

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  • Arnold Button
  • 11/03/2015

Stunning

Made you really think. Had some parts that where actually hard to listen to with describing the children but gave a good perspective

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  • Sheldon
  • 07/03/2015

Great book and narration.

I liked the reality given to it be the narrator. One of the best books I've listened to and the reason why I got addicted to Audible.

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  • utecklehe75
  • 22/03/2008

terrifying - and a must read

a terrifying account of Diamonds and everything that comes with them ...

While I cannot voucher for the accuracy of all information contained (I simply lack the knowledge), Greg Campbell builds a compelling case about the interrelationships of diamonds, civil war, and weapon smuggling from & around Sierra Leone. He skillfully interweaves a representation of facts, personal observations, and the case-studies of individuals involved at different (or multiple) points in the trade ((slave) workers in the mines, smugglers, mercenaries, child soldiers, Middle Eastern merchants, diamond buyers, diplomats, ...). His account is terrifying without ever turning soggy or melodramatic (given the content of his account, he doesn't have to in order to make a point).
For the book - also check the rather unanimous reviews at amazon.
About the audiobook: It's well read and an excellent listen.

This book is excellent - the type of book one should read before starting some expensive shopping expedition (I told my husband to scratch anything diamondy from my jewelry wishlist - boy, did he like THAT idea) ...