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TOM ZOELLNER is the author of The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire. He is also the co-author of An Ordinary Man, the autobiography of Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was told in the film Hotel Rwanda. He has worked as a contributing editor to Men's Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.


"[A] dazzling display of intrepid reporting" --Entertainment Weekly on The Heartless Stone"His...investigation into the global diamond industry...shatters the mystique with all the vengeance of a jilted lover." --The Oregonian on The Heartless Stone"[An] illuminating expose of a mineral and an industry." --The Wall Street Journal on The Heartless Stone"With sharp narrative style, and a wealth of detail, The Heartless Stone cuts through the sparkle and marketing to show us that a rock is what you make of it." --St. Petersburg Times on The Heartless Stone"A sobering and well-reported look at today's diamond culture." --The Salt Lake Tribune on The Heartless Stone"Riveting..." --The Arizona Republic on The Heartless Stone"Profoundly reflective, incredibly researched history of the diamond industry...The Heartless Stone leads reader and author alike to an ever-evolving story--as troubling as it is fascinating--of a gem that tells as much about us as it does about a dirty rock." --Missoula Independent on The Heartless Stone"Sparkling debut from adventuresome journalist Zoellner, who traveled the world to tell the dirty, glorious and sometime bloody story of diamonds...Lives up in every way to the power of its almost magical subject." --Kirkus, *Starred Review* on The Heartless Stone"The author is expert with vivid prose...This is a superior piece of reportage." --Publishers Weekly on The Heartless Stone"[Zoellner's] book is part personal travelogue, using the return of his own proffered diamond engagement ring as the starting point, and part investigative journalism...The end result? A gem." --Library Journal on The Heartless Stone"Distinct for its astuteness...Zoellner's sharp, observant descriptions of people and places will sensitize readers to the wider processes of monopoly, smuggling, and war, all of which lurk in the background when a suitor buys a ring for his beloved." --Booklist on The Heartless Stone

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