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Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade Paperback – Aug 6 2010
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'Smillie's skill is the ability to write a scholarly record of the circumstances that created conflict diamonds while also providing an entertaining, fast-paced read full of intrigue. 'Blood on the Stone' will be welcomed by anyone interested in Africa, corporate social responsibility, and geopolitics.' --'Gems & Gemology' Winter 2010 Book Reviews
'Smillie is one of the most well-known experts and advocates on blood diamonds. [...] 'Blood on the Stone' marks another contribution to a growing body of literature on natural resource extraction purchases.' --Lee Berthiaume, 'Embassy' magazine book review
'Timely and of interest.' --'International Affairs' January 2011 Book Reviews
'The book's strengths are threefold. The first is that it explains the murky trade in rough diamonds in crisp, compelling prose. [...] The second strength is that Smillie's writing on Sierra Leone is excellent. It is one of the best summaries of that country's civil war and how diamonds bankrolled the RUF. [...] Third is that he offers memorable observations on the difficulties in launching the Kimberley Process.' -'No One's Best Friend: A Canadian expert examines the devastation diamonds have wrought in four African countries', book review by Blake Lambert in the 'Literary Review of Canada'
About the Author
Ian Smillie has lived and worked in Africa and Asia as a teacher, consultant, investigator and writer. For the past ten years his career has focused on blood diamonds, the wars they fuelled and a scheme designed to stop them. This has taken him from the jungles of West Africa to the backstreets of Antwerp and a war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he was the first witness in the trial of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Smillie was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.
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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!