Thursday, March 11, 2010

Non-Fiction: Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell

In 2003, a group of highly skilled Italian thieves broke into an airtight and crack proof vault in Antwerp, Belgium. It’s estimated that they got away with close to half a billion dollars in diamonds, gold and other precious and valuable loot. Estimated, that is, because none of the haul was ever recovered.

From one end to the other, Flawless (Union Square) is a remarkable story. First of all it was Antwerp, where of all the cities in the world, they take their diamonds -- and diamond protection -- pretty darn seriously. And second (though there is so much more) it’s told by a fantastically qualified duo: Harvard law school graduate and diamond expert Scott Andrew Selby and author and journalist Greg Campbell. Campbell not so coincidentally wrote the fantastic Blood Diamonds, later made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The resulting book is breathtaking. Most fiction is nowhere near this exciting. This is a book I predict you’ll be hearing a lot about in the months to come.

A neat bonus: you won’t get the full impact here online, but Flawless sports a fantastic -- even flawless -- cover. Even if you don’t buy this book, trundle off to your favorite booksellers just to have an up close and personal look. It’s really gorgeous: and does justice to a book you won’t soon forget.

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Blogger Juanita Rose Violini said...

I have just finished researching the Antwerp Heist. It truly is a fascinating story and I'm looking forward to the book.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 7:50:00 AM PST  

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