Synopses & Reviews
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 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.
An account of the mysterious deaths of a group of nine hikers in theUral Mountains in 1959, this book is credited to the authorship of Donnie Eichar on the cover, who is a television producer; the backflap also credits two co-authors or ghostwriters, J.C. Gabel and Nova Jacobs. The team of hikers died in conditions of extreme coldafter having left their tent at night without their full clothing on and spread out in different directions in the darkness for no obviousreason. The author(s) have developed the theory that the hikers were frightened and disoriented by an infrasound phenomenon which mayoccur in severe mountain storms. The book begins with an account of the discovery of the bodies, and ends with a reconstruction of theevents leading up to their deaths. The author(s) have conducted extensive interviews and records searches, and describe the resultshere. Though much is inconclusive or peripheral to the case, readers interested in Russian life in the late 1950s will find much detail.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"A gripping book, at least as dramatic as Krakauer's Into Thin Air."
About the Author
Donnie Eichar is a Florida native brought up among a family of storytellers. He's an acclaimed director and producer of film and television who recently produced MTV's groundbreaking documentary series The Buried Life. He lives in Malibu, California.