Timely corporate history as exciting and poignant as any good tale of derring do against great odds by all too flawed giants Kirkus ReviewsWith a scholar s precision and a novelist s eye, Stefan Kanfer tells the inside story of De Beers Consolidated Mines from the nineteenth century diamond rush that transformed Johannes De Beer s humble South African farm into an exotic klondike, to the Oppenheimers shadow empire that has achieved umatched global reach....
|Title||:||The Last Empire: De Beers, Diamonds, and the World|
|Publisher||:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux April 30, 1995|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||887 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Last Empire: De Beers, Diamonds, and the World Reviews
Very interesting and well written. Filled with surprising and fun stuff. A must for anyone interested in Diamonds and their history!
Beginning at the very start of diamond discovery in Africa, this book takes the reader along the process that made DeBeers the cartel it is today, controlling 90% of the diamonds on the market. Although it is entirely factual, it is not a boring textbook-style read. It is a wonderfully-written story about the people involved in the diamond industry from its very roots to what it has become today. It leaves out no detail of the violence, abuse, and dishonesty that brought DeBeers to the forefront of the diamond market. A fantastic read.
I found the first hundred pages difficult reading. I think the book was well researched and contained some very interesting personalities. The subject matter was not of particular interest to me. I most likely would not read it if it were not a book club selection.
The reading is a bit dry.....
A compelling history of the discovery of diamonds in South Africa and the events leading up to the powerful cartel of DeBeers who controlled most of the world's diamond distribution for a hundred years
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it regularly to friends and family. It is not an easy read, but it is a worthwhile one, if you are interested in business dynamics across unique industries and non-fiction. Where some of the other reviewers have suggested that the book falls flat either in terms of information or entertainment, I believe The Last Empire strikes this balance quite well, especially with regard to the biopic portions of the book, devoted to the most important early pioneers of the diamond trade in South Africa.
A very informative book that gives a very clear background as to what Black South Africans are up against in South Africa. Social and political apartheid has been "Pushed Back". The economic apartheid is very much in place, and Mandela did not fight hard enough to even place a dent into it. Where is the land reform, where is the much needed housing development, when shall the shanties be replaced by livable permanent housing...?!?!? That Is The Question!!!
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