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The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire

June 12, 2007|
The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire by Tom Zoellner
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An adventure story in the tradition of Susan Orlean''s The Orchid Thief, The Heartless Stone is a voyage into the cold heart of the world''s most unyielding gem.

When he proposed to his girlfriend, Tom Zoellner gave what is expected of every American man--a diamond engagement ring. But when the relationship broke apart, he was left with a used diamond that began to haunt him. His obsession carried him around the globe, from the "blood diamond" rings of Africa; to the sweltering polishing factories of India; to mines above the Arctic Circle; to illegal diggings in Brazil; to the London headquarters of De Beers, the secretive global colossus that has dominated the industry for more than a century and permanently carved the phrase "A diamond is forever" on the psyche.

The Heartless Stone goes beyond investigative reporting into the regions of the human heart that make the diamond empire possible. It has been called "a dazzling display of intrepid reporting" (Entertainment Weekly) and "an illuminating expose of a mineral and an industry" (The Wall Street Journal).

An American Library Association Notable Book

Tom Zoellner has worked as a contributing editor for Men''s Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also the coauthor of An Ordinary Man, the autobiography of Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina. He lives in New York City.
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Title:The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:352 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.79 in
Shipping dimensions:352 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.79 in
Published:June 12, 2007
Publisher:Picador
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780312339708
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