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


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Harper Perennial
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5.28 X 8.0 X 0.87 inches | 0.61 pounds

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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.


"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