Dead Mountain - Donnie Eichar

Dead Mountain

By Donnie Eichar

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 180 Ratings

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.

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Reviews

  • Best book

    5
    By Jerr72
    This book is well written, and something that I found unique is the alternation of the chapters.
  • So interesting, quick read

    4
    By MG Hammer
    I flew through this book in two nights. Very interesting story told in a way that is easy to follow. Only complaint would be how easily he dismisses all other theories and how sure he is of his own. His theory is good though.
  • Excellent!

    5
    By Sheabird's
    Very well written. I could not put this book down. Some very interesting and plausible theories regarding this great mystery.
  • Mesmerizing

    5
    By Zuapac
    Dead Mountain was a highly entertaining book. I read it continuously evening after evening though I was sleepy. Yet I was able to stay alert enough to reach the end of a chapter. Because of the human interest of this tragic adventure as well as its international interest on a historical scale, the book moved the reader through eagerly to get to the end to discover what happened to this young group of friends. The author has done an excellent job of research to discover, what I believe to be the most plausible theory of what really happened to this group.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Blueshoes57
    This is a well researched and fascinating account of a tragic Mystery. Well written and was interesting to the very last page.
  • So worth the read.

    5
    By Abbond78
    Started reading at 10pm and finished at 4:30am. Couldn't stop. I love the lay out of the chapters. His, theirs, investigators... Loved it. Best conclusion I've ever heard for what happened. Scientific. Not just speculation. Love the parallel in the journeys... Loved it. Goodnight!
  • Interesting Subject

    4
    By Fpiano
    The book's subject should please fans of the type of extreme adventure story where things go terribly wrong--stories that are found in every month's issue of Outside Magazine. Although Eicher is not as skilled a writer as the best journalists working for that magazine, the story he follows is so interesting that there is no problem reading his book. The diaries of the lost hiking group and the photos developed from their surviving cameras are excellent. It is very poignant to see the enthusiasm of the group in photos, knowing that they have photographed their last days.
  • Absolutely Amazing Book!

    5
    By Shooter0730
    I have been interested in this mystery for years and this book brings new light and a solid conclusion to the mystery. A wonderfully written book that kept me enthralled the whole time. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down and written so well that at times I felt I was in the book living and watching the story unfold first hand. Awesome, absolutely awesome job bringing this tragic story to life!!! What a monument to those involved in this tragedy!
  • Dead Mountain

    4
    By Louwashington
    Fascinating story. This is my first and only experience with this mystery. I found the author to be a pretty good story teller. He kept my interest alive with an effective format of moving from past to present and back at precisely the right times. If you enjoy "real world" mysteries, I recommend this book.
  • A great mystery

    4
    By Justin505k
    I was compelled to reach the conclusion of how this mystery is solved. I was very disappointed in the ending where it seemed like another theory.
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