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Perfect Red

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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.

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"A gem of accessible history." -- San Diego Union-Tribune

"A gem of accessible history."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"Greenfield does what the best historical authors do--follows the thread of a story through history without missing a stitch."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Delightful, rollicking history . . . A fun read, well-supported by extensive research."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A marvelous book... Meticulously researched, this saga will enchant lovers of historical mysteries, fascinating characters, and world economics."--Mark Pendergrast, author of UNCOMMON GROUNDS and MIRROR MIRROR

"Fascinating...Greenfield has given us a superbly researched history of cochineal red, full of angles and tangents, curiosities and arcana."--Diane Ackerman, Washington Post Book World

"With A PERFECT RED, she does for [red] what Mark Kurlansky in SALT did for that common commodity."--Houston Chronicle

"A fascinating story of greed and subterfuge, mixing fashion, folly and ingenuity in equal measure... Written with style and verve."--J. H. Elliott, University of Oxford

"[An] intricate history...Greenfield paints a broad historical panorama, never neglecting the intimate, eccentric, and often absurd human details."--Boston Globe

Delightful, rollicking history . . . A fun read, well-supported by extensive research. --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Fascinating...Greenfield has given us a superbly researched history of cochineal red, full of angles and tangents, curiosities and arcana. --Diane Ackerman, Washington Post Book World"

With A PERFECT RED, she does for [red] what Mark Kurlansky in SALT did for that common commodity. --Houston Chronicle"

A fascinating story of greed and subterfuge, mixing fashion, folly and ingenuity in equal measure... Written with style and verve. --J. H. Elliott, University of Oxford"

A marvelous book... Meticulously researched, this saga will enchant lovers of historical mysteries, fascinating characters, and world economics. --Mark Pendergrast, author of UNCOMMON GROUNDS and MIRROR MIRROR"

A gem of accessible history. --San Diego Union-Tribune"

[An] intricate history...Greenfield paints a broad historical panorama, never neglecting the intimate, eccentric, and often absurd human details. --Boston Globe"

Greenfield does what the best historical authors do--follows the thread of a story through history without missing a stitch. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

About the Author:

Amy Butler Greenfield's grandfather and great-grandfather were dyers, and she has long been fascinated by the history of color. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in the Adirondacks and graduated from Williams College. As a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, she studied imperial Spain and Renaissance Europe. She now lives with her husband near Boston.

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