Flight of the Diamond Smugglers

Matthew Gavin Frank’s Flight of the Diamond Smugglers is a fascinating exploration of the history of mining in South Africa, born of personal tragedy.

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Review of ‘Flight of the Diamond Smugglers’

In 1888, the De Beers company began marketing the diamond as a must-have symbol of love, commitment and status, creating unprecedented demand. But their diamonds, although beautiful, were harvested via aggressive mining operations that have left a legacy of pain, crime and destruction.

Perhaps not unlike a sparkling diamond on an outstretched finger, alluring despite…

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