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The Resource Flight of the diamond smugglers : a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa, Matthew Gavin Frank

Flight of the diamond smugglers : a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa, Matthew Gavin Frank

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Flight of the diamond smugglers : a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa
Title
Flight of the diamond smugglers
Title remainder
a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Gavin Frank
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Blending elements of reportage, memoir, and incantation, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers is a stunning investigation into the role of carrier pigeons in South African diamond smuggling. Nearly every town along South Africa's infamous diamond coast has been deemed "overmined." Before the area fully becomes a series of abandoned outposts, journalist Matthew Gavin Frank drives from Oranjemund, Namibia to the De Beers mining towns of Alexander Bay, Porth Nolloth, and Kleinzee. What begins as an attempt to peer behind the curtain cloaking the global diamond trade soon becomes a tale of obsession, as Frank learns about the various and ingenious methods used in illicit diamond smuggling-particularly, the sneaking of carrier pigeons onto mine property, affixing diamonds to them, and sending them into the air to fly home. So rampant is this method that a law in 1998 made it illegal to not shoot a pigeon on sight. Frank juxtaposes the endangered lives of local diamond diggers (whose average lifespan is 37 years) who raise pigeons in secret with the corporate boardrooms of De Beers, while also synthesizing myths across histories and cultures in which diamonds and gems intersect. As he speaks with miners, former heads of security, environmental managers, and more, he gets ever-closer to the elusive Mr. Lester-a tall-tale villain meant to frighten would-be smugglers, and the only person who can answer Frank's questions, if he is indeed real. Written in atmospheric and lyrical prose, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers becomes an urgent portrait of labor, greed, and our penchant for ownership."--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
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Frank, Matthew Gavin
Dewey number
364.13360968
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
HJ7104.5.Z5
LC item number
F63 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Diamond smuggling
  • Diamond mines and mining
  • Homing pigeons
Label
Flight of the diamond smugglers : a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa, Matthew Gavin Frank
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-208)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Msizi and His Bird -- Isaac Newton & Co. -- Bartholomew Variation #1 -- Beyond the Pits of Alexander Bay -- Port Nolloth and the Halfway Desert -- Bartholomew Variation #2 -- Riding with the Faceless -- Driving to Kleinzee amid Shipwrecks and Snakes -- Bartholomew Variation #3 -- New Rush and Kimberley: The De Beers Origin Story -- Beyond the Boom Gate, Touring the Erasure -- Bartholomew Variation #4 -- Pilgrims and the Mountain of Light: A Link Between Myth and Human History -- Odyssey to Die Houthoop -- Champagne and Death at Dark: The Origins of a Pigeon Obsession -- Bartholomew Variation #5 -- This Security Thing -- Bartholomew Variation #6 -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
[xv], 208 pages
Isbn
9781631496028
Lccn
2020028156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)on1236208721
Label
Flight of the diamond smugglers : a tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa, Matthew Gavin Frank
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-208)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Msizi and His Bird -- Isaac Newton & Co. -- Bartholomew Variation #1 -- Beyond the Pits of Alexander Bay -- Port Nolloth and the Halfway Desert -- Bartholomew Variation #2 -- Riding with the Faceless -- Driving to Kleinzee amid Shipwrecks and Snakes -- Bartholomew Variation #3 -- New Rush and Kimberley: The De Beers Origin Story -- Beyond the Boom Gate, Touring the Erasure -- Bartholomew Variation #4 -- Pilgrims and the Mountain of Light: A Link Between Myth and Human History -- Odyssey to Die Houthoop -- Champagne and Death at Dark: The Origins of a Pigeon Obsession -- Bartholomew Variation #5 -- This Security Thing -- Bartholomew Variation #6 -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
[xv], 208 pages
Isbn
9781631496028
Lccn
2020028156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)on1236208721

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