Diamond (Paperback)

A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession

By Matthew Hart

Plume, 9780452283701, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 2002

List Price: 15.00*
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For centuries, diamonds have symbolized wealth, prestige and love; however, behind those symbols lies a world of deceit, monopoly and war.

Hart follows the diamond trail around the globe, from the basement room where Gabi Tolkowsky, the world's greatest diamond cutter, faced the 599-carat Centenary diamond, to the fogbound smugglers' paradise of Africa's Diamond Coast. He records the heroic struggle of the 24-year old woman who discovered a multibillion dollar diamond mine on the Arctic Circle and describes the company that feared her most, masterminds of the great and shadowy diamond cartel.

Combining history, science, business, and adventure, Diamond captures the essence of this priceless gem and the world that surrounds it.

Praise For Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession

"Hart tells a great story while explaining one of the world's most mysterious industries. The book is first-rate and immensely readable." —Sebastian Junger

"A splendid account." —National Geographic Adventure Magazine

"[Hart] has captured an elemental magic in this engaging book." —The Seattle Times