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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752491482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752491486
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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"[An] eerie and well-researched tale." --Dread Central"Fantastic." --WVBR-FM on Where Did the Road Go? blog

Chock full of background information...the most fascinating theory offered in Mountain of the Dead actually has a possible tie-in to more recent events...I [am] fascinated by McCloskey s inclusion of Yury Yakimov s light set tale. Something tells me there is more going on in the remote Urals than meets the eye and that it may have a connection to a 55-year old mystery. **** --Red Dirt Report

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Keith McCloskey is the author of Glasgow Airport and Airwork: A History.


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If you are drawn to real life mysteries then this one has more than enough ingredients in it to keep you wondering long after the book is done. Better than any fiction but infinitely worse because it really happened, the explanation for the fates of the students who died in the "Dyatlov Pass Incident" seems unlikely to be resolved anytime soon and in all likelihood may never be. The extra -ordinary theories postulated almost all have serious evidence in their favour and perhaps some day some time further evidence will emerge. Keith McCloskey has brought together the complex facts and theories in a very intelligent and readable way and it is right and fitting that he ends with signposting interested readers to the memorials of 9 brave men and women.
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This would have been an indispensable guide to the Dyatlov Pass mystery if it wasn't for the fact that the two other full-length studies of it that appeared in 2013 were both better, containing genuinely original and insightful material that this book lacks. The study by Lobatchev et al, 'Dyatlov Pass Keeps Its Secret', is superior by dint of giving verbatim access to the search parties' testimonies, the autopsy reports, a detailed analysis of the weather in the region at the time of the incident and a detailed discussion of how on earth the Dyatlov group's footprints could have still been visible 25 days after they left them (incredibly - albeit freakishly - this turns out to have been possible). Donnie Eichar's 'Dead Mountain' comes up trumps thanks to the author's visits to the sites of the actual events and his interview with Yuri Yudin, the only member of the group that turned back (thus saving his life). By contrast 'Mountain of the Dead' fails to provide any such riches.

So what does it give us, apart from a cover that is faintly distasteful? Well, for starters, the author has done a lot of background reading. As a result, his trawl through the wide range of theories and speculations that have been offered to explain the Dyatlov Pass tragedy is thorough and all-encompassing. Not afraid to grapple with the more outlandish theories surrounding the incident, 'Mountain of the Dead' also provides some useful biographical background on each of the nine who lost his or her life together with an interesting survey of the historical context. It's an easy read, too, and if it's the only book you've read on the Dyatlov Pass incident it'll probably leave you wanting more. Best to start here, then, before moving on to the other, better, studies.
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The best book about this subject
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A good solid book, which gives a few new insights in which I was not familiar with before, recommended to anyone with a basic knowledge of the story of Dayatlov pass deaths.
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Well put together it made for a factual read of this mysterious event. Good research and dome interesting theories. Well worth a read.
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Great read. Informative and gives all the facts to enable you to make your own mind up about what happened at the end of that fateful journey.
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brilliant
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Lots of information, a great read.
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