A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire

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In the sixteenth century, one of the world's most precious commodities was cochineal, a legendary red dye treasured by the ancient Mexicans and sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors. 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. As the English, French, Dutch, and other Europeans joined the chase for cochineal -- a chase that lasted for more than three centuries -- a tale of pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies unfolds. A Perfect Red evokes with style and verve this history of a grand obsession, of intrigue, 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"

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