Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones

Blood Diamonds Tracing the Deadly Path of the World s Most Precious Stones First discovered in the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history These blood diamonds are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate

  • Title: Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
  • Author: Greg Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780813342207
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • First discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history These blood diamonds are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into theFirst discovered in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history These blood diamonds are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into the rings and necklaces of brides and spouses the world over Blood Diamonds is the gripping tale of how the diamond smuggling works, how the rebel war has effectively destroyed Sierra Leone and its people, and how the policies of the diamond industry institutionalized in the 1880s by the De Beers cartel have allowed it to happen Award winning journalist Greg Campbell traces the deadly trail of these diamonds, many of which are brought to the world market by fanatical enemies These repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt far beyond the borders of the poor and war ridden country of Sierra Leone, and the consequences of overlooking this African tragedy are both shockingly deadly and unquestionably global Updated with a new epilogue.

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    1. How? HOW do these things happen? And keep happening for years? As if the common cutting of limbs, the raping, the murders of children, is all par for the course. Par for the course all right. Play your round of golf; complain about having too much laundry to do; bitch about how soggy your fucking french fries are. These kids, kid killers, they’d get drugged-up, snorting mad-uppers -- ten, eleven, twelve year-old boys -- killing babies, murdering their own families, not even knowing why.WHY? Th [...]

    2. Possibly inspired by Ian Fleming's "Diamond Smugglers"?One book I dreaded to read, and with good cause, as it turned out.Not the book itself, it's pretty well written, but who wants to know the diamond you bought your wife has cost so much: slave labor, mutilations, murders, children soldiers…?That's what we do to the 'third world': we give 'aid' to dictators, mostly military by the way, and insist on 'free' trade. The world won't be safe until we switch to 'fair' trade.

    3. I learned a lot about an area of the world I knew very little. The book was a journalistic nonfiction account of Sierra Leone, as opposed to the fictional movie (which I also enjoyed).Key takeaways:- Human beings can be pretty indecent to each other when the economic incentives are right, and when there are no checks on those in charge. The RUF murdered and mutilated thousands.- There is *no* way to verify a diamond is not a conflict diamond. No matter what a diamond seller says, stones are untr [...]

    4. This is a very disturbing book about a conflict far away that most people know little about, or don't care because it has no impact on them. Have clueless they are.The impact in this region will be felt for decades.Remember this the next time you go to the mall, And buy that small token of your love. Think about how many peoples lives have been destroyed.Big business is only concerned with the bottom line.Charles Taylor ex pres of liberia guilty! of war crimes. But someone will always be in line [...]

    5. Yes this is the book that the recent movie was based on. No I have not seen the movie. The author is a journalist, and it shows. The depth of research and detail in this book is amazing. It outlines in many layers the diamond industry, its history, and its relation to West Africa. I had no idea what to expect from the book, and was shocked to learn the horrid details and atrocities that have been occurring for decades there. Obviously, like the bumper sticker says, "if you are not appalled, you [...]

    6. The RUF and most of the diamond industry, particularly DeBeers, were guilty members in Sierra Leone's civil war. They allowed for ten years of anarchy and chaos to sweep through a country. The RUF by being the chaos themselves and DeBeers by enabling them, with money, to continue to do this. And yet, only part of the RUF was properly tried and executed for their crimes. DeBeers remains as a legal organization that supplies millions diamonds across the world. Blood Diamonds provided me with a muc [...]

    7. I went back and forth from liking some of this book to feeling bogged down in detail by other parts of it. Not being familiar with the geography didn't help either. The history of the diamond trade in general and in Sierra Leone in particular are interesting, and the ruthlessness of the various gov'ts/rebels is hard to even comprehend. I guess the logistics of the money transfers and amounts involved, althouogh necessary to make his point, made the story a little dry at times. I want Simon Winch [...]

    8. So so book, it has some interesting stories.Too much of the book is about the author,how brave he was to go there,the hardships he suffered,,how if everyone was as clear-sighted as him,there wouldn't be a problem, bla bla bla. Just when you think people couldn't be any worse than you already knowyou read about how cutting off hands, and sometimes feet,was used as a political tactich Where was god?

    9. i don't care how clean you tell me it is, i never want a diamond. i read a lot of depressing, intense non-fiction, and this was both if not extremely disturbing. the prologue alone made me nauseous and sad. HOWEVER, i think it's super important to read books like this, because nothing happens in a vacuum. knowing the sheer brutality exerted on people because of diamonds, a manufactured luxury, was enough to ensure i'd never ever want one in my life.

    10. I knew this would be a hard read and it is: the story of diamond smuggling in Sierre Leone. The other worldly butchery of the people, the complicity of the diamond industry, and the ties to terroism are here. I'm always struck by the horrific acts casually perpetuated by people. People not unlike myself. Would I give in to my darker side if circumstance, opportunity, greed, lust for power or maybe just plain survival were at stake?

    11. The narrator was wonderful. The material he had to work with was grueling to listen to, war and atrocities. Important things to know about the diamond trade and the almost unbelievable inhumanity surrounding it. I'm glad I've always been a CZ kind of person. If I had any diamonds I wouldn't be able to keep them after this book. Really tough but certainly recommended.

    12. The horrific lengths many went to in 1990s Sierra Leone to control and mine the diamond fields is just part of the blood diamonds story. The role of everyone else down the line who bought and sold the diamonds that ended up in our jewelry is the rest of the story. And of course, the former wouldn't happen without the latter. In that way, this is a disturbing book, especially for one like myself who bought my only diamond in the mid-90s. Campbell packs on the details of both the horrors of the fi [...]

    13. "August 21, 2017 –5.0% "All Will Die"August 21, 2017 –5.0% "The World is going to change all boys now is the day in which boys become men.Give them guns and they are going to become killing machines. First with Blind with clothon his eyes then it will be something more."August 21, 2017 –5.0% "35:33"August 20, 2017 – Started Reading"- Somethings define us, but what we need is speed Speed should be a skill adoptby each human living creature. World has been changed once and for all, I have [...]

    14. Almost good coverage of the conflicts in Sierra Leone ruined by uber liberal left wing reporter who Monday morning quarterbacks every solution to every problem with a nike-esque "AMERICA should just do it" rationalization- in the face of all of his own very compelling arguments as to why it would be almost impossible- that I am sorry his typing hands weren't severed along with the thousands of natives. There's nothing more offensive to me than someone who shows up in a war torn infrastructure-le [...]

    15. An incredibly complex history and tragic consequences of a bloody trade in an intrinsically worthless treasure. No diamond is worth this kind of exploitation and misery. Not ever. The author did a tremendous job in research and story-telling, going to some terrifying places to write this book. Before you buy any diamond, read this book. If you still think a diamond is romantic, I wonder about you, but the only forever thing about diamonds is the misery they produce.

    16. A brutal and compelling read. 3.5 stars; would be more only the "update" was unfortunately a chapter tagged on the end and did not include a revision of previous chapters making it occasionally confusing (the original was written in the early 2000s and a lot has happened since then). Nonetheless, informative, well written and researched and no holds barred in terms of where responsibility for the brutality lies and the failures of the international community effectively to intervene.

    17. This one packs an emotional punch. The author describes horrific abuse at the hands of RUF rebel fighters against Sierra Leone civilians all in the name of greed for diamond money. RUF rebels and later supposed peacekeeping groups chop off hands, arms, legs, and other body parts of ordinary citizens to spread fear and chaos. While the RUF acts as the henchman for the torture, the real player is the De Beers diamond company and it's monopoly over the diamond market. Things I learned included how [...]

    18. The subtitle to this one is "tracing the deadly path of the world's most precious stones." The author is a journalist and much of what he reports is first hand based on interviews from everyone involved in this illicit part of the diamond industry from miners to the middlemen to smugglers to spokesmen for the De Beers diamond cartel. The "blood diamonds" of the title are also known as "conflict diamonds" because they are diamonds mined in Africa by forced labor and then sold to fund insurgencies [...]

    19. Watching the news nowadays, it’s difficult not to ignore conflicts with a roll of your eyes, and sigh with disinterest. The mentality of most people being “Oh, this doesn’t matter to me” or “This has nothing to do with me” to validate their attitude. And don’t tell me you haven’t felt that before, as modern news gets increasingly more depressing, these conflicts seem to fly over our head.However, rarely do we understand the inner-workings of such conflicts, and the importance tha [...]

    20. I've been saying for years that gemstones, especially diamonds, are nothing but superficial over valued rocks clawed from the guts of the earth by African slave labor. Every time I see someone propose with a diamond ring I die a little inside as I look on in revulsion. No one ever listens to me of course "but they're so pretty!". Fuck you Cecil.I also have a rather macabre facination with the various large scale obscenities​ perpetrated on mankind; Slavery, the Holocaust, the Nanking massacre, [...]

    21. The whole idea of blood diamonds is rather fascinating, but I found the story dragged on a bit. It was a little hard to finish. It certainly makes you think twice about buying diamonds.

    22. Quite a journalistic piece.This is the horrifying story of the war in Sierra Leone in the early 1990s on up to about 2004, after the war ended. The primary combatants were members of the RUF - The Revolutionary United Front, an organization that does not really deserve the name. Initially it was able to recruit soldiers by a lofty goal, saying it was fighting for the citizens, for better conditions for all. In fact, it became a murderous horde, dedicated to seizing diamonds and trading them for [...]

    23. Evidemment, tout le monde songe en premier lieu au film avec Léonardo di Caprio (qu'il serait intéressant de revoir après cette lecture) qui a popularisé le problème de la production diamantifère en Sierra-Léone, synonyme d’esclavage et pire encore de guerre civile. Il va sans dire que cet ouvrage est plus documenté et va beaucoup plus loin que cette habile production hollywoodienne. Le commencement n'est pourtant pas aisé : l'auteur pose les bases historiques de ce contexte explosif, [...]

    24. I now kinda regret my diamond. BUT feel better about it knowing it wasn't purchased during the Sierra Leone civil war! It was interesting learning about the history of diamonds and how Debeers has monopolized the market charge of 90% (although I think it's less now). Did you know that diamonds are quite available and common? More so than rubys and emeralds and other precious gems, but Debeers buys them and stock piles them so they don't go on the market to keep the supply and demand at his desir [...]

    25. Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell tells the story of how conflict diamonds have fuelled horrific conflicts in the war torn west African country of Sierra Leone.Campbell veers between shocking personal accounts of the victims of the conflict and tedious passages detailing the ins and outs of the international diamond industry. There seems to be no end to the stories of innocent civilians who are mutilated and killed for the sake of overpriced pieces of carbon.Overall, Blood Diamonds is well worth t [...]

    26. Ok, I know there is a movie, but I didn't see itI read the book.I've always been suspicious of advertising and unbridled consumerism. For example, I don't buy cards because my research shows Hallmark and American Greetings basically brainwashed us into believing that somehow we are bad people if we don't recognize events/holidays with a card. And after reading Blood Diamonds, I am grateful for that skepticism because I always scoffed at the notion of a diamond as a necessity for getting married [...]

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