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Dead Mountain

The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

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Description

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This New York Times bestseller is a gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 12, 2013 – The mystery of the bizarre deaths of elite Russian hikers in a 1959 tragedy on a deadly Ural mountain is the subject of Eichar s extensive investigation. Eichar, a film director and producer, tries to make sense of the puzzling tale of the dead students from Ural Polytechnic University; he sets off to interview the hikers relatives, investigators, and even a lone survivor. Following the search party s retrievals of the bodies, the questions deepen when the victims are discovered, insufficiently dressed for the frigid weather, shoeless, with violent injuries, including a horrible skull fracture, a leg torn away, and a tongue ripped out. With expert analysis of the remaining evidence, Eichar tries to answer why the hikers, seven men and two women, would go out into the bitter cold without warm clothing to meet certain death; curious, too, is that the contents of the tent were intact. Possible causes for the panic, according to Eichar and officials, are: an avalanche; mysterious armed men; even a fatal tiff by the males over the women. As the elements of this complicated tangle are compiled, the final wrap-up of the mountain tragedy is overwhelming, befitting a case defying explanation.

Customer Reviews

GREAT BOOK

Well written, great story. Loved it

Well-written, well-researched

Fascinating true story. I have greater appreciation of winter hiking and Russian culture. Since reading this book, I have educated myself further on the hiker story as well as infrasound and cosmic activities over Russia. Interesting that a gent from Florida was so compelled to re-investigate the incident and write such an impressive book.

Dead Mountain

Very well written. It held my interest intensely. I am disappointed in the author's conclusion, as it doesn't seem to hold much water as far as evidence is concerned. But then, as the author points put, nothing does.

Dead Mountain
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  • Category: History
  • Published: Oct 22, 2013
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Seller: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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