A Perfect Red
Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
Amy Butler Greenfield
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A Perfect Red recounts the colorful history of cochineal, a legendary red dye that was once one of the world's most precious commodities. Treasured by the ancient Mexicans, cochineal was sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors in 1519. Shipped to Europe, the dye created a sensation, producing the brightest, strongest red the world had ever seen. Soon Spain's cochineal monopoly was worth a fortune.
Desperate to find their own sources of the elusive dye, the English, French, Dutch, and other Europeans tried to crack the enigma of cochineal. Did it come from a worm, a berry, a seed? Could it be stolen from Mexico and transplanted to their own colonies? Pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies -- all joined the chase for cochineal, a chase that lasted more than three centuries. A Perfect Red tells their stories -- true-life tales of mystery, empire, and adventure, in pursuit of the most desirable color on earth.
From Publishers Weekly
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This is my first book review ever. This in itself should suggest how powerful the book is. I am not a historian, so I can not comment on the accuracy of the content. However, in terms of story telling the book is fabulous. The flow is easy and engaging. The story itself is remarkable. It does leave with an aching desire to procure red colored apparel :) (note: if you have a pressing deadline, this may not be the apt time to begin this book. It is not easy to put it down.)
Why no illustrations?
This is a very interesting book with great descriptions but very disappointing for a book about a color. There are references to MANY figures and illustrations, none of which are included in the ebook. Come on, Apple or whoever published it!! It wasn't cheap. You can do better than this.