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The Resource The last empire : De Beers, diamonds, and the world, Stefan Kanfer

The last empire : De Beers, diamonds, and the world, Stefan Kanfer

Label
The last empire : De Beers, diamonds, and the world
Title
The last empire
Title remainder
De Beers, diamonds, and the world
Statement of responsibility
Stefan Kanfer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • De Beers Consolidated Mines is fighting for its life. The most powerful and secretive cartel in the world faces diamond smuggling in Angola, disruption in Russia, and a world-wide recession. But this is not the first emergency De Beers has confronted in its long history of struggle and survival. In The Last Empire, Stefan Kanfer chronicles the nineteenth-century diamond rush that transformed Johannes De Beer's humble South African farmstead into an exotic Klondike. With a scholar's precision and a novelist's eye, he recounts the rise of wild frontier towns like New Rush (now Kimberley) and Johannesburg, and their roisterous mix of plutocrats and prostitutes, gamblers and politicians. Kanfer shows the roots of the racial crisis in the developing land: the misery of black miners and the fortunes of white prospectors; the defeat of the African emperor Lobengula and the rise of his legendary adversary, Cecil Rhodes, who would rule both the Cape Colony and De Beers
  • In the twentieth century, the cartel comes under the control of the Oppenheimers, a German-Jewish dynasty that builds De Beers and its gold-mining twin, the Anglo American Corporation, into an empire of unmatched global reach, and creates a shadow government more flexible and powerful than South Africa's official leadership. Kanfer documents the Oppenheimers' dealings on and under the table: their condemnation of apartheid even as they exploit cheap black labor, their quiet takeover of Salomon Brothers, their monopoly on diamonds and their grip on gold maintained at all costs and by any means. And he uncovers the passionate inside story of the billionaire family whose empire, he argues, will survive well into the twenty-first century
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kanfer, Stefan
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • De Beers Consolidated Mines
  • Diamond mines and mining
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
Label
The last empire : De Beers, diamonds, and the world, Stefan Kanfer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-393) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
27013987
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 409 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374152079
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1534476
Label
The last empire : De Beers, diamonds, and the world, Stefan Kanfer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-393) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
27013987
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 409 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374152079
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1534476

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