The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

On Foot Across East Africa

Rick Ridgeway

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In one of the most acclaimed travel and adventure books of the past year, Rick Ridgeway chronicles his trek from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean, through Kenya's famed Tsavo Park. His tale is, according to The Boston Globe, "a gripping account of how it feels to be charged by an incensed elephant and kept awake at night by the roaring of stalking lions." But it is more than an adventure story. The Los Angeles Times noted that "the pace of walking gives Ridgeway time to contemplate his great theme and the great men and women who have struggled with the conundrum of whether man can live at peace with the beasts." Ridgeway examines the effects of colonial expansion on the indigenous people, the landscape, and the animals, and contemplates the future for all of them.

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Praise for The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

"Rick Ridgeway is a graceful and engaging companion, and East Africa teems with danger, challenge, and excitement." --Bill Bryson, The New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Ridgeway's effort is to use his trek, which takes him from the ice fields of Africa's highest mountain to the Indian Ocean...as a starting point for reflections on history and nature." --Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

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Rick Ridgeway

Rick Ridgeway, one of the world's leading climbers and adventurers, is known through his writing, photography, and filmmaking. He is the author of three previous books, including Seven Summits with Dick Bass. He lives with his wife and three children in Ojai, California.

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The Shadow of Kilimanjaro
On Foot Across East Africa
Rick Ridgeway

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Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
October 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805053906
ISBN10: 0805053905
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$19.99
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