Now in paperback,ÿthisÿrich and fascinating odyssey of diamond dealingÿand New York's historic diamond district is part Jewish immigrant tale andÿpart "affecting and informative tribute to the world of her fathers" (The Washington Post).
In the middle of New York City lies a neighborhood where all secrets are valuable, all assets are liquid, and all deals are sealed with a blessing rather than a contract. Welcome to the Diamond District. Ninety percent of all diamonds that enter America pass through these few blocks, but the inner workings of this mysterious world are known only to the people who inhabit it.
ÿÿÿÿ In her first book, journalist Alicia Oltuski seamlessly blends family narrative with literary reportage to reveal the fascinating secrets of the diamond industry and its madcap characters. Throughout, she limns her family's diamond-paved move from communist Siberia to a Displaced Persons Camp in post-World War II Germany, to New York's diamond district,ÿexploring the connection between Jews and the industry, the gem and its lore,ÿand the exotic citizens of this secludedÿworld.
ÿÿÿÿ Entertaining andÿilluminating,ÿPrecious Objectsÿoffers an insider's look at the history,ÿbusiness, and society behind one of the world's most coveted natural resources, providing an unforgettable backstage pass to an extraordinary and timeless show.ÿ
"She writes most fascinatingly about the strange characters that clutter the streets." -"New York Post"
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 3rd July 2012
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.9 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.29