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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Campbell Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The true story of the events that inspired the feature film Blood Diamond

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 the rings and necklaces of brides the world over.

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, many of which are brought to the world market by fanatical enemies. The repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt far beyond the poor and war-ridden country of Sierra Leone, and the consequences of overlooking this African tragedy are both shockingly deadly and unquestionably global.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Campbell…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

  • “A vivid, hair-raising tale of brutal proportions that outdistances any fictional tale of derring-do.”

    Washington Times

  • “Though he steps into the vocal cadence of African leaders, Weiner wisely doesn’t overdramatize. His pace, clarity, and compelling tone work to keep listener’s attention throughout a detailed explanation of how the diamond market works…This audio…might cause you to take a new look at ‘a girl’s best friend.’”


  • “Campbell has spoken with individuals all along the pipeline, from miners to soldiers to smugglers…This focused study of the catastrophic effect of blood diamonds on Sierra Leone belongs in all libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Campbell takes the reader on a journey to the dark side of the glittering image of diamonds, a darkness too long out of sight of Euro-American consciousness.”


  • An ALA Notable Book in Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lindsey | 2/18/2014

    " Don't read this without a box of tissues and an ability to seperate yourself from the reality of what diamonds have done to thos living on so much of the western African continent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 2/18/2014

    " The world behind diamond procurement was an eye-opener and the violence detailed made me squirm, especially the amputation happy RUF. Interesting read but tough one to internalize. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim Heimbuch | 2/5/2014

    " What an absolutely compelling story that Greg Campbell took initiative and drive to tell. It disgusts me that his journey led him to witness the destruction of a country and the mutilations and murders of innocent countrymen. The Western world succeeds in keeping these horrific acts out of the mainstream media when instead it should showing these topics daily bringing awareness to those who are unaware and uninformed. It amazes me how business people in the United States, and other 1st world countries, can know this information first hand, yet continue with their billion dollar a year industry businesses with no remorse. Have we as society lost all ethics and morality as a whole? Diamonds are definitely NOT a girls best friend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/5/2014

    " An interesting look at the war in Sierra Leon (and Liberia's influence in). As Campbell concludes, the war was not geographically isolated. Rather, as was unexpectedly discovered late in his research for this book, there were clear links between illegal diamond mining in Sierra Leone and the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Gruesome (I had to skip over some details of the amputations), but informative. "

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