Flight of the Diamond Smugglers

A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa

by Matthew Gavin Frank

Strange, beautiful book, weaving together a deeply personal memoir, notes on natural history, and devastating reporting on the diamond business. It can be pretty dark and even a little disturbing, but it should not come as a surprise regarding the topic. The writing is very poetic and sometimes dense, but it is hard to put down. After reading this, the diamonds will never look the same for me. All of them are bloody, apparently.

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