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Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds Paperback – May 16, 2012
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Writing about walking up Kilimanjaro is cool enough, but a little banal, because so many people do it and it's really not the most amazing feat. An in depth look at melting glaciers, the history of glaciers, the effects of lower glacial cover, etc. would have been pretty cool. I think a lot of people are going to be affected by the disappearance of glaciers (and their year round meltwater) in the next 15-20 years. Instead, it's a kind of drawn out story that forces the 'meme' theme into the text at random.
It's great that the author was able to see Kili, spend time with his semi-estranged son, and write about it. I'm sure the book will make for good memories, but for someone looking for a good book about East Africa, Kilimanjaro, Climate Change, etc., this book will not fulfill you in any way.