DIAMOND: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession.
Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )
New York: Walker, (2001). First edition - A book which "recreates the modern history of diamonds, starting in 1869 when a native boy in South Africa found a large crystal on a farm, sparking a rush that brought Cecil Rhodes and Ernest Oppenheimer their glory. . . , chronicles the sensational diamond strike in the 1990s in Canada's Northwest Territories that has shaken the fortress of the old cartel, and profiles the audacious young female geologist Eira Thomas who, against all odds, discovered near the Arctic Circle one of the richest diamond fields in the world." He writes of the dark side also -of thievery and of the "war diamonds" that finance brutal conflicts in Africa. 248 pp plus a select bibliography.
Condition: Fine in blue illustrated wrappers.