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For most of recent history, it was thought that diamonds came only from tropical lands like India, southern Africa, and Brazil. But men had searched for them pretty much everywhere else, including Georgia, Kentucky, Colorado, and southern Canada. In the 1990s what seemed like a huge strike finally occurred in northern Canada, in harsh, cold terrain filled with bears and wolverines. Naturally, the scientists and fortune hunters that fill Krajick's account are eccentrics to a man, and their stories make for hugely entertaining reading along with the history of man's search for diamonds across the planet, historic scams, a little on the history of the indigenous peoples and early British explorers of the American arctic, and the geology and physics of diamond creation. It reads like the best of John MacPhee's geology tales, but with wilder characters.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1990's    -   20th century    -   19th century    -   18th century Nationality?    -   Canadian Economic History?    -   Yes History of a journey/colonization?    -   Yes Kind of journey?    -   foot travel

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   businessmen

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Deep South    -   Midwest Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Black Africa The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   2 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes How much humor?    -   3 () If humorous, kind of humor    -   eccentric personalities Minor characters feature lots of:    -   miners Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   350-400 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   7 ()

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