Based on significant new research and filled with atmospheric detail, this history makes palpable the cost of greed to Africa's native peoples, and explains the rise of the virulent nationalism that eventually had taken over South Africa.
'Providence decided to place most of the world's diamonds and gold beneath the bush and desert south of the Tropic of Capricorn. How this changed the whole course of South African - and to no small extent world - history is the enthralling story told by Martin Meredith in Diamonds, Gold and War' - Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The Spectator
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