30. Kohinoor: The World’s Most Infamous Diamond
Anita Anand and William Dalrymple in conversation
The Kohinoor is the world’s most famous diamond but its history is shrouded in mystery. Now, using previously untranslated Sanskrit, Persian and Urdu sources along with the high tech discoveries of modern gemologists, Anita Anand and William Dalrymple blow away the legends to reveal a true history stranger, and more violent, than any fiction. “Kohinoor” reveals previously unknown moments in the history of a diamond that is now locked in the Tower of London where it continues to arouse passions as India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Taliban all claim it as a national treasure and demand its return.