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  • Blood Diamonds

  • Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
  • Von: Greg Campbell
  • Gesprochen von: Tom Weiner
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  • 4,5 out of 5 stars (4 Bewertungen)

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Von: Greg Campbell
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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.

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    "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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      5 out of 5 stars

    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) ...