Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession and Greed along Coastal South Africa

Author:   Matthew Gavin Frank
Publisher:   Icon Books
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9781785788888


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   04 August 2022
Format:   Paperback
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'Eye-opening' - Geographical 'A beautifully written book on diamond smuggling, the universe, life and much of what lies in between.' - Toby Muse, author of Kilo: Life and Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels For nearly 80 years, a huge portion of coastal South Africa was closed off to the public. With many of its pits now deemed overmined and abandoned, journalist and author Matthew Gavin Frank set out across the infamous Diamond C oast to investigate an illicit trade - the smuggling of diamonds by carrier pigeon - that supplies a global market. Uncovering a long overlooked true crime story dating back to the founding of the De Beers corporation, and blending elements of reportage, memoir and legend, he weaves interviews with local diamond divers, who extract mineral wealth from the seabed by day and raise pigeons in secret by night, with harrowing anecdotes from former heads of security, environmental managers, and vigilante pigeon hunters. A rare and remarkable portrait of exploitation and greed, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers reveals how these feathered bandits became outlaws in every mining town.

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Author:   Matthew Gavin Frank
Publisher:   Icon Books
Imprint:   Icon Books
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.30cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.168kg
ISBN:  

9781785788888


ISBN 10:   1785788884
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   04 August 2022
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Ghost towns, corporate cruelty, the centuries-old relationship between humans and a species almost magical in its abilities ... fabulous. * The New York Times * An eye-opening account and one that's likely to make you reassess the role of diamonds in society today. * Geographical Magazine * Unforgettable. ... An outstanding adventure in its lyrical, utterly compelling, and heartbreaking investigations of the world of diamond smuggling. -- Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic and World of Wonders A fascinating read...a perfect combination of memoir and investigative reporting...a page-turning tale of suspense.... Frank's reporting on mineworkers, their pigeons, the towns, communities, and the people that have struggled in the wake of mine closures makes for compelling reading. * The South African * A beautifully written book on diamond smuggling, the universe, life and much of what lies in between. -- Toby Muse, author of Kilo: Life and Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels A lyrical portrait of a resilient species caught in the grinding gears of a cruel industry of extraction and exploitation. -- Kirk Wallace Johnson, author of The Feather Thief


Ghost towns, corporate cruelty, the centuries-old relationship between humans and a species almost magical in its abilities ... fabulous. -- The New York Times Unforgettable. ... An outstanding adventure in its lyrical, utterly compelling, and heartbreaking investigations of the world of diamond smuggling. -- Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic and World of Wonders A beautifully written book on diamond smuggling, the universe, life and much of what lies in between. -- Toby Muse, author of Kilo: Life and Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels A lyrical portrait of a resilient species caught in the grinding gears of a cruel industry of extraction and exploitation. -- Kirk Wallace Johnson, author of The Feather Thief


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Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of The Mad Feast, Preparing the Ghost, Pot Farm and Barolo. His work appears widely in journals and magazines, including The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Guernica, The New Republic, Iowa Review, Salon, Conjunctions and The Normal School. He teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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