"'It is impossible to read this story of boom and bust without drawing on parallels to today's market: Stein lucidly analyses how a single global commodity was shaped by modern consumer desires, and how it was destroyed almost overnight by a sudden shift in fashion.' Judith Flanders, Sunday Telegraph 'I loved this book. I knew nothing about the subject, but Sarah Stein kept me going right to the last page... her comprehensive, meticulous, and fascinating history is a vast subject, which she admirably outlines in straightforward language... a terrific [story].' Jonathan Mirksy, Literary Review 'She makes interesting points about the origins and rise of the South African trade and explains the consequent decline of the market from the north African ports of Tripoli, Benghazi and Essouaria.' Prudence Hone, Guardian"
About the Author
Sarah Abrevaya Stein is Professor and Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies, Department of History, UCLA.