Blood Diamonds is the gripping story of how 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 and the repercussions felt far beyond the poor and war-ridden country of Sierra Leone.
©2002 Greg Campbell; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A vivid, hair-raising tale of brutal proportions that outdistances any fictional tale of derring-do." (Washington Times)
"This is an important, gut-wrenching story, one still unfolding in the wake of the war and September 2001." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Mr. Campbell tells this complex tale from a personal, feet-on-the-ground perspective....He reminds us that there is no longer any such thing as an isolated conflict that governments and corporations can ignore with impunity." (New York Times)
This book is not really tracing the path of the conflict diamonds very far, it is describing the conflict and the politics involved in the civil war in and around Sierra Leone.
The book is very exiting to listen to since this book was written after "on location" research in the conflict zone.
The book is well written and it is not difficult to imagine the bloody details described in this book, like people having their hands chopped of by RUF rebels because the president had asked the population to hold hands and face the problems as a united country.
Any American lady who reads this book will no longer think that diamonds stand for love. They stand for hate and greed and mutilation.
I wish that I had read this book sooner to warn me about the vicious brutality that has been perpetrated in Africa over diamond mining. It is sad how poorly regulated this industry is, and what a slick business the de Beers corporation has done to manipulate the market to keep prices artifically high and their pockets fat. I only have one diamond and I have to wonder if some poor soul had limbs hacked off over this tiny bit of rock. I am glad that I read this book because it has opened my eyes to the industry. If I ever buy another diamond it will be from the Canadian mines, cruelty free and from workers paid a decent wage.
This was a tragic and compelling story of a child soldier who experiences one tradedy after another, in which circumstance transforms him into a cold blooded killer. The story ripped at my heart strings and Beah's character saturates the story. I look forward to hearing more from this young author.
The detailed investigative journalism.
Amputations live forever.
I made this purchase to learn more about Sierra Leone, it's civil war and the attitude sierra leoneians have about the industry that holds them in bondage. All of my questions were answered. I was pleasantly surprised by the detailed look into the history of the industry and the way it operates today. One of the most interesting parts of the book was about the connection between the 9/11 attacks and the diamond fields of Sierra Leone.
"Blood Diamonds & Rough Narration"
This book is an earnest narrative let down by terrible narration. The narrators mispronunciation and dreadful attempts at accents , which i presume are meant to be Sierra Leoneans speaking English, are laughable at best and cringeworthy at worst. Surely as a bare minimum and indeed as a matter of professional pride both the producers and the narrator of this book should have checked up on the basics i.e how to pronounce words that you are unfamiliar with.This standard practice for anyone involved in recording or broadcasting.
The book is at times offers up gruesome examples that anyone familiar with the details of the 11 year civil war in Sierra Leone will be familiar with: terrorised civilian populations , sexual violence , amputations, gross infringements of human and humanitarian rights, political & military corruption. The trouble is that wrong person was chosen to deliver the story. In the end i became so irritated with Mr Weiner's delivery that i gave up listening to the audio book.and ended up watching the Hollywood version of it on DVD.The only thing that i remember of that experience was that the film had Leonardo Di Caprio and Djimon Honsu in it.When i'd decided to give up on the audio book a friend asked me what i'd thought of my experience.I told her that if humans could read bar codes i wouldn't trust the narrator of this book not to mess up reading them out.
The book is of note in that it brings to us an examination of terror and brutality that those of us sitting in our quiet corners of the world are blessed not to experience or bear witness to.So read it but just be aware that there'll be times when it will sound as though Benny Hill has returned to take over the narration.
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