River of No Reprieve: Descending Siberia's Waterway of Exile, Death, and Destiny
by Jeffrey Tayler
In a custom built boat, Jeffrey Tayler traveled some 2,400 hundred miles down the Lena River, from near Lake Baikal to high above the Arctic Circle, in search of primeval beauty and a respite from the corruption, violence, and self-destructive urges that typify modern Russian culture. His only companion on this journey was a burly Soviet army veteran whose skills he would need to survive. Though Tayler had trekked by camel through the Sahara and canoed down the Congo during the revolt against Mobutu, he had never felt as threatened as he did on this trip.