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Read & Download Stoned AUTHOR Aja Raden á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ô ➶ [Reading] ➸ Stoned By Aja Raden ➫ – A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAs entertaining as it is incisive Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare and therefore preciousWhaThe diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill why green tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklaceStudded with lively personalities and fascinating details Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinar. It was impossible for me to walk past this book Admittedly I am attracted to book covers and sometimes buy based only on the cover Here the temptation was doubled because the cover was one huge octagon cut emerald Jewelry attracts me like a magpie and apparently I am not alone as author Aja Raden points out in Stoned Jewelry Obsession and How Desire Shapes the World Her premise for this book is here in this uote from the preface All of human history can be boiled down to these three verbs want take and have And what better illustration of this principle than the history of jewelry After all empires have been built on the economics of desire and jewelry has traditionally been a major form of currency Stoned is a collection of tales about the role jewels have played in history It is full of neurological findings on the human brain and desire and why we crave the things we do How envy works How value is determined How things lose their value Even how fashion in jewels has played a role in developing technologyMs Raden writes in a breezy slangy collouial style full of sarcastic asides and personal reflections that is at first slightly annoying and that seems to trivialize her arguments However she weaves all of this together with a lot of very good and interesting history There is something for everyone here The story of various exotic and famous jewels is always interesting to those of us who are fascinated by them After all stones from the eyes of Indian gods and goddesses stolen by adventurers Incan emeralds big as a man's fist pearls the size of pears diamonds from mystical kingdoms and Fabergé eggs make great copy Ms Raden makes the physics of how precious stones are formed eually as entertaining Combine this with tales of how these things and the lust for them changed nations and destroyed cultures and it definitely becomes a hard to put down read

Aja Raden ´ 4 review

R unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desireWhat moves the world is what moves each of us desire Jewelry which has long served as a stand in for wealth and power glamor and success has birthed cultural movements launched political dynasties and started wars Masterfully weaving together pop science and history Stoned breaks history into three categories Want Take and Have and explains what. By turns a history geology chemistry or economics lesson it deserves to be read by all nerds As an added bonus she's got a sharp wit

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Stoned AUTHOR Aja RadA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAs entertaining as it is incisive Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare and therefore preciousWhat makes a stone a jewel What makes a jewel priceless And why do we covet beautiful things In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about ou. This was a pretty interesting book Key events in history and lite economic theory told through the lens of gems and jewelry The writing was good the stories interesting and the author has a sense of humour about herself though she did slag fat girls about 10 pages in and that made me want to put the book downThere are some nice photographic centre plates; I wish there would have been The chapter on the Faberge eggs and their role in the Romanov family the Bolshevik revolution and the subseuent development of Russia was one of my favourites The detailed descriptions of the eggs at the start of each subsection was incredible here's where I wish there had been photosThe main thing that bugged me about this book and why I can't give it 4 stars is the structure of the chapters Raden organized the book into three large sections Want Take Have which are focused around different aspects and outcomes of desire as well as the economic impact of desire That all made sense But within each section I felt like I would read a summary of a chapter and then a few pages later would get a detailed summary of the chapter and then finally read the chapter So some stories and events I felt I was reading about multiple times without much new information or in some cases what felt like contradictory information the chapter on the evolving role of wristwatches during WW1 for example felt like it contradicted itself a couple of times from a fact perspectiveI don't know if this was Raden's choice or her editor's but it made the book about 13 longer than it needed to be Space which could have been filled with additional stories something I would expect that Raden would have a lot of from her career as a jewelry designer Also she cited her sources in the footnotes which was handy while reading but I wish there had been a bibliography at the endI did really like how Raden tied together economic theory and cultural desire manifest through gems and jewelry; that was super interestingIf you have an interest in the topic or want a fun take on economics definitely check this book out from the library Update Jan 11Raden sent me a very nice note commenting on a few points in my review I wanted to share her response to my comment about her slagging fat girls I am so very sorry that's how that came across It was intended as a light jab at the fickle nature of societal beauty standards And obviously sorry as well that it gave offense As a curvaceous woman myself I'm certainly not one to body shame But I can admit when a joke doesn't hit the mark So I've striked out that comment in my review I totally get it about a joke landing poorly I know I've certainly had this happen myself in conversations or blog posts I think it must be very tough to be an author let alone one who actually reads your reviews So much of a reviewer's response is subjective and based on big things like LIFE experiences or little things like some burnt toast that was had for breakfast I'm delighted that Aja reached out to clarify this comment that to be fair to her was made in a footnote but you know how things strike you when you're reading And to reiterate her book is very interesting and absolutely worth reading