I was inspired by John McPhee’s book Oranges to find a topic that may not appear on the surface to be all that compelling, and look deeply into its history, and how it fits into politics and popular culture and our daily lives.
The economics and political upheavals that have surrounded the growth of a marketplace for diamonds appeared to me to be topics that would help me learn more about history, about the large politics of nations and the smaller politics of families and personal interactions that shaped this market.
The movie Blood Diamond convinced me that there was plenty of drama to uncover, and that the story might be a more compelling one that John McPhee’s book on Oranges. While a book on the subject might be something I’d consider writing in the future, I decided that starting a blog to use to do research might be a good starting point.
Consider these notes towards a possible book. Consider them a place for me to learn more about the subject, and share what I’ve learned. Consider them a way of possibly finding others who might be interested in the stories that surround the diamond industry, and the families and struggles and discord that brought diamonds to such a prominent place in our thoughts of wealth and romance.
I’ll probably explore some of the role of diamonds in industry, in pop culture, in government actions, and in history. I’m hoping that it will be an interesting and informative journey.
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