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Edward Jay Epstein is the author of fifteen books. He studied government at Cornell and Harvard and received a Ph.D from Harvard in 1973. His thesis on the search for political truth became a best-selling book, Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth. His doctoral dissertation on television news was published as News From Nowhere. He is the recipient of numerous foundation grants and awards, including the prestigious Financial Times/Booz Allen & Hamilton Global Business Book Award for both best biography and best business book for Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer. He has written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Short-form Book
  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494372215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494372217
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's... odd to see a takedown of the diamond industry, dating back to the early '80s. A lot of the information in it is still applicable today, especially the part about trying to resell diamonds - you'll NEVER get back what you paid for it, much less make money on it.

As another reviewer pointed out, it's badly edited, with sections duplicated, sentences breaking off and resuming a couple of paragraphs later and the like.

Still - it's an interesting look at an interesting subject, and a cautionary tale - don't invest in diamonds. Buy them if you want because they're sparkly and pretty and your significant other will love you for it, but the idea you'll make a killing on them as an investment is a fool's hope.
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The Kindle edition is a terrible mish-mash. Paragraphs begin or end in mid-sentence, then 3 pages later you find the missing part. Lots of typos/grammatical errors too. Obviously, nobody cared enough to put any effort into this.
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This is no book but a compilation of articles that, my guess is, were published before. This makes it a little flat, with no clear guiding line and at times repetitive. If you haven't read the author before, by all means, buy the book. You'll find plenty of very interesting insight about the diamond world, particularly surrounding the matter mentioned on the book's title. However, if you already have read Epstein somewhere else you'll probably be better off moving on somewhere else.
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A reasonably interesting account of how De Beers created and manipulated the diamond market, but the presentation is very unorganized and haphazard. Spelling and punctuation errors abound, but the bigger problem is that entire paragraphs are misplaced; literally cut from where they belong and inserted several pages away. Obviously this was rushed into publication before it was properly edited and formatted for Kindle.
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That's really what comes to mind whenever I think of De Beers: one of the few true longstanding monopolies in history, battling to maintain their stranglehold. If you're interested in a primer on the "Diamond Invention," I can't think of a better place to start than Epstein's concise and illuminating investigation.
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By HS on January 21, 2014
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Chopped and sections that repeat throughout. Dozens of spots where the sentence just stops without concluding. Save your money. Horrible.
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Why is it that a non rare gem stone has become in the USA the symbol of engagement and not necessarily elsewhere; viz, the stone in the ring given by Prince Charles to Kate Middleton.
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