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Lost in Shangri-la

A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Zuckoff, Mitchell (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lost in Shangri-la


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Describes the 1945 odyssey of three plane crash survivors in New Guinea who endured a harrowing journey through the jungle to seek help, their encounter with a primitive tribe who had never seen white people, and their eventual rescue by a band of paratroopers.
Authors: Zuckoff, Mitchell
Title: Lost in Shangri-la
a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins,, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 384 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Summary: Describes the 1945 odyssey of three plane crash survivors in New Guinea who endured a harrowing journey through the jungle to seek help, their encounter with a primitive tribe who had never seen white people, and their eventual rescue by a band of paratroopers.
ISBN: 9780061988349
0061988340
Branch Call Number: D767.95 .Z84 2011
940.548 Z94L
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Report This Jan 02, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Read this e book & enjoyed the details; it wasn't a page turner like Vanished, but appreciate the dedication & service.

Report This Aug 25, 2013
  • Jessi52 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As a history buff, this book had me from the beginning. Wonderful, well written story of an actual event in WWII history. Started reading 3 hours ago, I'm over a third thought it. It will be a late night reading.

Report This Jun 08, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Towards the end of the Second World War the thrill of a sightseeing trip over the jungles of Dutch New Guinea turns into an incredible story of survival. How to rescue the 24 American servicemen and women who crashed in a remote area surrounded by enemy Japanese troops and headhunting native tribes that have never seen a white person. Taken from interviews, army documents, personal photos, diaries, rescuers’ journals and original film footage, this book tells the amazing rescue story of these brave people.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Brian_Shaw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderfuly written story providing great detail and a first-hand account of this incredible event. My one suggestion would've been to hold some of the pictures in the story, because they gave away some of what was going to happen. Highly recommend you read this book.

Meryl's recommendation

Report This Sep 02, 2012
  • KatSu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this a lot, there was a lot of interesting information, but it was well written and only slowed down in a couple spots, all in all it was a very good read

Report This Aug 12, 2012
  • gardooney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite riveting. Enjoyed it. If your a WWII or history buff lots of interesting info.

Report This Jul 30, 2012
  • randalljay rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting. However, I could not not connect the photos - where everyone looked pretty healthy - to the descriptions in the story - where they were in dire straights.

Report This Jun 12, 2012
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Near the end of World War II, a group of soldiers and Women's Army Corps members stationed in Dutch New Guinea takes off on a Sunday sight-seeing trip to "Shangri-La," a valley inhabited by a warring people who maintain a Stone Age lifestyle and have had virtually no contact with outsiders. Cloud cover and shifting wind currents make the isolated valley treacherous for planes, and an inexperienced pilot at the controls does nothing to aid the situation. When the plane crashes, it initiates a nearly impossible mission of survival and rescue. Buoyed by outstanding research (including the journals of the sole female crash survivor and one rescuer), Zuckoff keeps a brisk pace as he describes the survivors' initial fight to be found, the base camp's plans for rescue and the team's interactions with natives “in a world that time didn’t forget. Time never knew it existed.” Excellent.

Report This Jun 06, 2012
  • lumberjackson195 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

For any fan of Pacific Theater WWII history or cultural anthropology, this will be a great read. The author weaves in and out of the main story tying in so many surrounding stories that all come together seamlessly.

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