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Tears of Mermaids

The Secret Story of Pearls

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Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls by Stephen G. Bloom
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For "Tears of Mermaids", Stephen G. Bloom traveled 30,000 miles to trace a single pearl - from the moment a diver off the coast of Australia scoops from the ocean floor an oyster containing a single luminescent pearl to the instant a woman on the other side of the world fastens the clasp of a strand containing the same orb. Bloom chronicles the never-before-told saga of the global pearl trade by gaining access to clandestine outposts in Japan, China, the Philippines, French Polynesia and Australia. Bloom infiltrates high-tech pearl farms and processing facilities guarded by gun-toting sentries, and insinuates himself into the lives of powerful international pearl lords. Bloom farms for pearls in rural China, goes behind scenes at million-dollar auctions in Hong Kong, trails pearl brokers and Internet entrepreneurs in Asia, hires himself out as a deckhand on an Australian pearling vessel, and goes backstage at Christie's for a fast and furious auction of the most expensive pearl ever sold. Teeming with rogue humor and uncanny intelligence, "Tears of Mermaids" weaves a nonstop detective story of the world's most enduring gem.

Author Biography

STEPHEN G. BLOOM, a professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, is author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America, "and co-author (with Peter Feldstein) of "The Oxford Project." He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Release date Australia
June 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
St Martin's Press
Pages
400
Dimensions
156x235x34
ISBN-13
9780312363260
Product ID
3443005

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