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A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire Paperback – Apr 25 2006

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (April 25 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060522763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060522766
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Delightful, rollicking history . . . A fun read, well-supported by extensive research.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“Fascinating...Greenfield has given us a superbly researched history of cochineal red, full of angles and tangents, curiosities and arcana.” (Diane Ackerman, Washington Post Book World)

“With A PERFECT RED, she does for [red] what Mark Kurlansky in SALT did for that common commodity.” (Houston Chronicle)

“A fascinating story of greed and subterfuge, mixing fashion, folly and ingenuity in equal measure... Written with style and verve.” (J. H. Elliott, University of Oxford)

“A marvelous book... Meticulously researched, this saga will enchant lovers of historical mysteries, fascinating characters, and world economics.” (Mark Pendergrast, author of UNCOMMON GROUNDS and MIRROR MIRROR)

“A gem of accessible history.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

“[An] intricate history...Greenfield paints a broad historical panorama, never neglecting the intimate, eccentric, and often absurd human details.” (Boston Globe)

“Greenfield does what the best historical authors do--follows the thread of a story through history without missing a stitch.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

About the Author

Amy Butler Greenfield's grandfather and great-grandfather were dyers, and she has long been fascinated by the history of color. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in the Adirondacks and graduated from Williams College. As a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, she studied imperial Spain and Renaissance Europe. She now lives with her husband near Boston.


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