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A Perfect Red

(2005)
A non fiction book by

 
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.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage And The Quest For The Colour Of Desire
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
ISBN: 0-385-60515-3 / 978-0-385-60515-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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April 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
ISBN: 0-06-052275-5 / 978-0-06-052275-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage And The Quest For The Colour Of Desire
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
ISBN: 0-552-77829-X / 978-0-552-77829-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage And The Quest For The Colour Of Desire
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
ISBN: 0-552-77128-7 / 978-0-552-77128-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

April 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
ISBN: 0-06-052276-3 / 978-0-06-052276-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: A Perfect Red
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
ISBN: 1-5113-9483-8 / 978-1-5113-9483-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: A Perfect Red
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

January 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: A Perfect Red
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage And The Quest For The Colour Of Desire
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
Author(s): Amy Butler Greenfield
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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