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Freelance journalist Campbell here writes about the cost of diamonds not in dollars to the consumer but in blood, torture, and death for the unfortunate residents of contested mining areas in Sierra Leone. He explains that "conflict diamonds," or "blood diamonds," which account for only three to four percent of all diamonds sold, are mined in war zones, smuggled out of the country, and sold to legitimate companies, financing ruinous civil wars and the plots of international terrorists, including the al Qaeda network. The gems' value and portability have made controlling the diamond mines important to guerrilla fighters, who maim and kill innocent villagers to secure their territory. Campbell has spoken with individuals all along the pipeline, from miners to soldiers to smugglers, and the grim portrait he paints will make many people think twice about buying another diamond. While Matthew Hart's Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession covered the international diamond trade more widely, this focused study of the catastrophic effect of blood diamonds on Sierra Leone belongs in all libraries. Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH
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Journalist Campbell takes the reader on a journey to the dark side of the glittering image of diamonds, a darkness too long out of sight of Euro-American consciousness. Campbell explores the significance of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone, the West African country formed by the British to reward African American slaves who fought for the Crown in the American Revolution. He recounts the horrors of this war-torn nation, with child-soldiers and deranged adults who have reportedly cut off the hands and elbows of innocents or even removed fetuses from pregnant women via machete. The underlying motivation for the violence and strife of Sierra Leone is centered in the diamond trade, much of it illegal smuggling sanctioned by the cartel DeBeers. The trade has earned the name "blood diamonds" and has financed conflicts and rebellions around the world, including the al-Qaeda network. Campbell notes that this same illegal diamond trading that has wrecked Sierra Leone may provide the basis for hope as the West is compelled to address the tragic circumstances of this war-torn nation. Vernon Ford
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Campbell writes compelling narrative with a fascinating array of characters - corrupt dictators, warlords, mercenaries, peacekeepers, child soldiers, missionaries, shady Middle... Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by Jonathan Weisman
I read 'Blood Diamonds' in hopes of putting a more human face on the Sierra Leone conflict which is often covered from the perspective of governments fighting rebels with little... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Justin Bean
I'd anxiously awaited the arrival of this book, but after two weeks of trying to get through it, I simply couldn't... Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by beckeesh
The best parts of this book deal with the disjoint between the popular perception of diamonds as the ultimate symbol of love and romance, and the utter brutality that attends their... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003
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... Read morePublished on June 27 2003 by BrooklynGal
Good book that will open your eyes to what is going on in the diamond buissness. Sad what the news in the United States DOSENT report. Read morePublished on June 5 2003 by E. Cooley
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). Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2003 by S. Samba Campos
Two years ago I read the Global Witness report "Conflict Diamonds" and watched the documentary "Cry Freetown". Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003