Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident


By (author) Donnie Eichar

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 28mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1452112746
  • ISBN 13: 9781452112749
  • Illustrations note: Approx. 60 b/w photographs
  • Sales rank: 114,552

Product description

In February 1959, a group of nine hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died in a mysterious fashion on the eastern side of an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident - unsettling and unexplained causes of death, a strange final photograph by one of the hikers and signs of radioactivity - 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 (many translated and reproduced in the book); unseen government records; and dozens of interviews, including with the only surviving hiker; and the author's retracing the hikers' fateful journey.

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Author information

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.

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"They say the best stories, the most compelling ones, are the ones based in truth that is so strange that you think it must be fiction. . . . Eichar has engaged in a Sherlock Holmes-style process of elimination investigation to what could have happened to the hikers. . . . [A] true life mystery, finally solved."-National Geographic Weekend