Not all of Diamond glitters--those whose eyes glaze over in the presence of too many numbers and dollar signs may find the backroom shenanigans a challenge, and one dig in particular in the Canadian wilderness seems to go on, well, forever. But the nuts and bolts of locating the mines, the actual cutting and shaping, the ultimate fate of the larger ones, methods of theft, and the creation of a demand for an essentially useless item ("Within three years of Gerety's late-night inspiration, 80 percent of American marriages were starting with a diamond ring") make Diamond a fascinating read for anyone with more than a passing curiosity about these bits of carbon that have become synonymous with both love and money. --Shawn Conner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
After reading "Diamond", I wanted to know more. More about what the diamond trade has done for (and to) the people of Africa, about what the search for diamonds has done... Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Thomas Bonar
First, this book can be read in two sittings. With that in my mind, most of its flaws can be forgiven. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004
Hart left out Israel. This is my only complaint with "History..." Other than that omission, the book is satisfyingly complete, covering all major contributors to the... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003
I'm disappointed by this book. I expected a history of power, influence, and science relating to diamonds, or perhaps an expose on a ruthless and unethical industry. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003 by Amazon Customer
This book is an excellent historical and geological overview of the mystique surrounding diamonds and the lengths people will go to obtain them. Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by D. Buxman
This book is fascinating and beautifully written, a great example of the new style of investigative journalism in which the observer leaves his own peculiar tracks, thereby dumping... Read morePublished on March 26 2003
At one point in the book there is a brief description of the opening remarks at an international gathering of diamond merchants. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002 by taking a rest
At a conference on diamonds in 1997, a speaker expressed his confidence in the diamond market. It was founded on two supports, he said: vanity and greed, and humans could be... Read morePublished on May 16 2002 by Rob Hardy
After hearing a bit about the cable-based feature exposing the incredible monopolistic hold De Beers has on the diamond industry and the associated corruption, crime and cruelty... Read morePublished on May 5 2002 by R. Shaff