Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A tale of pigeons, obsession, and greed along coastal South Africa

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Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by by Matthew Gavin Frank (Icon).
Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by by Matthew Gavin Frank (Icon).

Review: Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank (Icon)

Synopsis: For nearly eighty years, a huge portion of coastal South Africa was closed off to the public. With many of its pits now deemed “overmined” and abandoned, American journalist Matthew Gavin Frank sets out across the infamous Diamond Coast to investigate an illicit trade that supplies a global market. Immediately, he became intrigued by the ingenious methods used in facilitating smuggling particularly, the illegal act of sneaking carrier pigeons onto mine property, affixing diamonds to their feet, and sending them into the air.

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