Books et al.Mineral Resources

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Science  17 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6441, pp. 640
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw9397

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Alicia Quispe works in the Cerro Rico de Potosí, a mountain in the southern highlands of Bolivia also known as "la montaña que devora hombres" ("the mountain that eats men")—only men, because, according to tradition, women do not belong in the mines. In The Mountain That Eats Men, journalist Ander Izagirre gives vivid descriptions of Alicia's life and work, supplementing these anecdotes with fascinating accounts of the history and politics of the mines that crisscross the Cerro Rico de Potosí.