While the subject of this book is facinating, and the information this book contains is wonderful, it is a very badly written book.
The jumpy, disjointed prose lends itself more to reader confusion than to any sort of enjoyment or edification. If I were writing a thesis this would be one of my first picks for reference material, but for the casual reader who wants to be informed on this important subject I recommend skipping this book entirely.
Multiple lines of narrative collide and crisscross from the first chapter, and throughout the book is peppered with tiny black and white photos which, more often than not, have nothing to do with the topic on the page.
It feels like Ms. Roberts had so much to say that she wanted to say it all at once with no regard for good writing. The best and most powerful books are those that combine solid reporting and superb narrative. Unfortunately this will not be the book to blow the covers off the diamond industry because neither Ms. Roberts nor her editor have a grasp on how to sell a story at the same time as shoveling facts onto the lap of the reader.
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