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Come See the Mountain


Tom Zoellner

This book is not easy to categorize, but in a way, that is part of its strength. It is about Cerro Rico, a silver mining mountain in Potosi, Bolivia, which has been mined since the time of the Conquistadors. The book looks at the mining operations and also at the tourism industry that has been developed to allow tourists to visit the mines and get a taste of the conditions under which the miners work. Zoellner weaves in a discussion of the larger phenomenon of "dark tourism" (visiting sites associated with death and/or suffering), as well. It is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. There are no easy answers to the questions it raises, and Zoellner recognizes that and does not attempt to provide any, leaving the reader instead with questions to consider.

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The interviews with the miners.
Come See the Mountain book cover
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