“Fire and Light” by J M Burns: a review

"Fire and Light - How the Enlightenment transformed our world", by James MacGregor Burns, Thomas Dunne Books, St Martin's Griffin, New York, 2013, First edition. Following an impulse... When it comes to purchasing a good read I often like to impulse buy, on the basis that it's not so much lowering my defenses against the … Continue reading “Fire and Light” by J M Burns: a review

“Diamond – The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair”, by Matthew Hart, 2002

Front cover of Diamond by M Hart

History... Here's another cool book which at first glance may not appear to be of any use to coin collectors...but it turns out that it includes a run down of the origin of De Beers - the era of Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato (I kid you not!). So we can learn about the 1870s … Continue reading “Diamond – The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair”, by Matthew Hart, 2002