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Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade Paperback – Aug 15 2010

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Anthem Pr (Aug. 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857289632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857289636
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superb book...great insight into the secretive diamond industry. You will never look at a diamond the same way again after reading this book.
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Compelling history Oct. 25 2010
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Ian's Smillie's new book, 'Blood on the Stone' is a compellingly written history of diamonds, colonialism and international trade, told from the point of view of one of the key architects of a system that attempted to staunch the flow of blood.

There are chapters providing detailed background on the governments and rebel movements of African states that splashed Western newspaper headlines for many years, and their links with the diamond supply chain. There are also chapters on the birth of modern diamond industry, and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme established more than a century later to try to increase transparency and control of a product that had become implicated in money laundering, war and human rights abuses.

A mix of investigative journalism, lived experiences and passion for justice make this book a must-read for anyone involved in the jewellery industry or wanting to learn more about the past and present of the diamond supply chain. Highly recommended!

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