Lost in Shangri-La Book Reviews

Mitchell Zuckoff

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff Book Summary

A New York Times bestseller and the winner of the Winship/PEN New England Award, Lost in Shangri-La is “a truly incredible adventure” (New York Times Book Review) about three brave survivors of a WWII plane crash in the jungle.
On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s bestselling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals.
But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings, barefoot and burned, had no choice but to wear her dead best friend’s shoes. John McCollom, grieving the death of his twin brother also aboard the plane, masked his grief with stoicism. Kenneth Decker, too, was severely burned and suffered a gaping head wound.
Emotionally devastated, badly injured, and vulnerable to the hidden dangers of the jungle, the trio faced certain death unless they left the crash site. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside—a journey into the unknown that would lead them straight into a primitive tribe of superstitious natives who had never before seen a white man—or woman.
Drawn from interviews, declassified U.S. Army documents, personal photos and mementos, a survivor’s diary, a rescuer’s journal, and original film footage, Lost in Shangri-La recounts this incredible true-life adventure for the first time. Mitchell Zuckoff reveals how the determined trio—dehydrated, sick, and in pain—traversed the dense jungle to find help; how a brave band of paratroopers risked their own lives to save the survivors; and how a cowboy colonel attempted a previously untested rescue mission to get them out.

By trekking into the New Guinea jungle, visiting remote villages, and rediscovering the crash site, Zuckoff also captures the contemporary natives’ remembrances of the long-ago day when strange creatures fell from the sky. A riveting work of narrative nonfiction that vividly brings to life an odyssey at times terrifying, enlightening, and comic, Lost in Shangri-La is a thrill ride from beginning to end.
This ebook also includes an excerpt from Mitchell Zuckoff’s New York Times bestseller Frozen in Time.
About the Author:

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II, Robert Altman: An Oral Biography, Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, Judgment Ridge: The True Story of the Dartmouth Murders, with Dick Lehr, Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey, and 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting, and the winner of numerous national awards as a reporter for The Boston Globe. He lives outside Boston.

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Book Name Lost in Shangri-La
Genre Military
Language English
E-Book Size 14.28 MB

Lost in Shangri-La (Mitchell Zuckoff) Book Reviews 2023

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Well done. I'm pleased to find a new author. This book brought the historical events and characters out of obscurity, and made them vividly memorable. Well done.

Lost in Shangri-La. I enjoyed reading this book although "true historical" books are not usually my choice of reading material. I thought it was a bit tiresome to read at times with too much military information, but since it was a true story, I can see the importance of including it in the story. Anyone interested in true military stories would really enjoy this book.

Lost in Shangri-La. Well documented true story, engaging, fast read.

Great!. Kept me entertained. Enjoyed the part about the natives.

A gem of true story!. This book was at its best when providing the human interest angle. It bogged down when the author described all the (certainly seemed like "all") strategy and tactics pursued and executed by the military. Still, it is a very well done story of a rescue that was not common knowledge today. I definitely recommend this book .

Great book. I'm not a person who likes to read very much, but from the beginning to the end I felt as if I were right there with them. I couldn't stop reading this book, I'd stay up hours at a time so interested!

WOW!. This is one of the most fascinating and gripping books I have read in a long, long time. So much nonfiction is dry and yawn inspiring. But this one, I couldn't put down. What a great story.

Good read of survival. Nice rainy day, cozy up with this book of survival. As many events are simply unplanned, this started out as a simple ride to uncharted territory. It turned out to be a test of survival, a woman shows her total ability to adapt to the situation and the men who survived with her. Many hero's in this story, the best comes through - as it always does. We don't hear much about everyday hero's today, but it is in each of us, when we volunteer, help strangers, just be nice when it isn't called for. So this story is about all us, in a way. A good read, thoughtful.

Great Read!. One of those historical leaning novels that keep you reading chapter after chapter. I can only imagine what Margaret was like and having spent some time in Owego and nearby Newark Valley I can picture the life she led before the war. I highly recommend this book! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Lost In Shangri-la. The book was well set up with the characters. Then the account begins. It was fascinating. Even more so was the attention to detail and the notes/bibliography, etc. It was fascinating.

Excellent Read. Very compelling read. A true story of courage and fortitude in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Lost in shangrala. Outstanding first book I've read in a long time due to eye issues but I'm so happy I read this one

Amazing Book!. I read the title and I thought 420! Then I noticed it was in WWII so I thought 69! Then I noticed my friends an idiot, I thought of 1337!

Love it so far!. It has great detail and the amount of heartbreaking facts in in it about WW2 makes you feel like your in the story yourself!

fascinating thrilling true story of crash, culture, rescue. excellent

Lost in Shangrila. Sorry, I haven't even read it yet, but I will when I finish. All I wanted to say was if you even remotely liked this book, you MUST read Unbroken. It's number one for a reason...

War adventure meets Gilligan's Island. A meticulously researched survival story, told with respect for the human experience of everyone involved. In 1945 an American plane crashed with 30 people aboard, who had signed up for a sightseeing visit to an uncharted part of New Guinea known then as the Hidden Valley or Shangri-La. The author honors previous tellings of the rescue, going so far as to track down and interview the natives who witnessed the crash 60 years later, to learn their impressions of the "Sky Spirits" who arrived in their valley and set up camp in a sweet potato patch 100 miles from the nearest airstrip. The history, technology, and emotional experience are beautifully balanced; I'm grateful the complete story was captured while those who lived it could still tell the tale.

Worth a read. Overall, the story was great, but, like others have said, there was way too side story going on with little relevance to the overall story. But, hey, it's a free book so I can't complain.

Loved it. Great book

I Love History. Lots of good anecdotes. I really enjoyed the parts where what the Army folks understood about the Dani was compared to the Dani's recollections. Very interesting.

Lost in Shangra-La. terrific book. and quite amazing that it never made to the silver screen--either shortly after the three survivors made it back to safety near the end of WW II--or now when, despite it being front page news back in 1945, is a forgotten tale of human survival and heroism...

The Real True Grit. A fascinating story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, discovery and rescue. It was really hard to put down. I highly recommend it to history buffs especially those interested in the war in the Pacific. The only (minor) downside is the authors habit of repeating peoples names & nicknames over & over & over again. It is just plain annoying.

Lost in Shangri-la. Amazing story of courage, persistence and success. Well written.

Excellent read. I really enjoyed this book. I recall knowing about the crash and natives from when I was a child. Most likely from National Geographic. Great survival story, and a testament to the true strength of humans. Read it!

Exceptional. Equal to "unbroken" in every aspect of human endeavor. Would make an excellent motion picture.

Good book. Had to read it with big breaks in between.

Lots of extra information. Worth reading

Page turner. This book was so well-written and it was simply enthralling.

Lost in Shangri-la. Absolutely fantastic, could not stop reading the book, hated to see it end. I will never forget the book, the survivors, or the rescuers.

Lost in Shangri-La. True story, well researched, reads like a piece of good fiction. Clearly justifies that generation’s title “The Greatest”.

Inspiring & Well-written. The first page hooked me because I have an older stepbrother who lives near Owego. I sent him a screen shot of the first page of the book. He did some research online & on foot - a good connection for us both. By then I was inspired by Margaret’s story and read every word. The photos also added to it. I had tears as I read what happened to the main chat waters in the years after the crash and rescue. There used to be a race track called Shangra-la”. It had to be inspired by this story!

Great read.. Well worth the read. Well written and a great story. Highly suggested.

The best of humanities strengths and weaknesses. Fascinating account of a little known story of survival and acceptance between very disparate people. Raw humanity throughout!

Lost in Shangri-La. Great book, easy to read and a true story of WWII.

Good book. A good read and well researched.

A New Fan of Mitchell Zuckoff. Zuckoff sends you on a journey through Shangri-La in such a way that you feel as though you experienced the two-month ordeal with the survivors and rescuers. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading tales of adventure.

Interesting topic. Neat story. I had no idea of this happening. It's amazing to think this group of natives lived here unnoticed up until this point, which isn't really all that long ago.

Lost in Shangri la. Enjoyed this true account, what brave folks, loved the photos

Wonderful. This book was very well written with dialogue take from actual journals kept by one of the survivors and by the leader of a rescue mission. It was hard to set the book down with the end of each chapter leading the reader to read one more chapter before setting the book down for the night! Wonderful story set near the end of the Pacific Theater of WWII.

Lost in Shangri-La. Couldn't put it down. Non-fiction at its best.

An Anthropologist's Dream. Excellent writing and reporting on a WW 2 phenomenon - the crash of a U.S. plane in the unknown jungles of Dutch New Guinea. Stone age people Encountered modern humans. Exciting observations about the unintended intersection of these two civilizations. Loved every page!

Lost jigging dug. I don't have to be able too see you at all and the first half and half a million century in my life I have no idea what I'm talking bout me I love the it would be have a lot to do be in the my mom is so much better if I was had in mind that is not an easy way to potion to for me or not

Didn’t download. Not sure what happened? May possibly be a good book but it will not download.

Good Read. Very well written book and super interesting story.

Great Nonfiction. This was such an enjoyable book. I really enjoyed the heart and commitment of all the characters. However, found it sad that our civilization did nothing for those natives of the area.

Amazing Book!!. This book reads like a thriller but has the added benefit of being a bit of history.

Excellent!. Best book I've read in a while. Loved the way this historical event told and photos shared. The fact the plane crashed the very day my husband was born made it even more interesting.

Hate it. I just hate all books in general

Riveting Piece of History. Loved reading about these heroes. Nothing like being dumped in a jungle complete with primative natives.

Fascinating read. An excellent tale of adventures almost too incredible to be true. One of the best books I've read in a long time, it kept me interested and engaged from start to finish.

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Good read. Great story, well researched and very informative. I had never heard this story before so was quite entertained

Incredible story, terribly written.. I was so interested to find out what happened to this group, however I had to suffer through this terribly written book to figure it out. The author wastes half of the book describing irrelevant information in unnecessary detail which really takes away from the readers ability to enjoy the story. It was really interesting to hear about the survive and rescue of the crew, however the book should have been half this length and twice as interesting.

Great book. Great story

Lost in Shangra-La. Good mix of intrigue, suspense and historical facts. It kept my interest all the way through.

Best non fiction ever!. Loved this. Couldn't put it down. Written in such a descriptive way that I felt as if I were there. Thank you for making this available.

Lost in Shangri-La. Really interesting read, glad the three made it, it was touch and go for a while.

Lost in Shangri-la. An excellent, well written and factual book that places the reader in with the survivors and the rescuers, to share the sacrifices of both. Not losing the reader in pedantic details but resplendent with interesting facts the reader is placed well into the trials, tribulations, thoughts and feelings of the participants. Real life heroes emerge from this book showing what the human spirit can endure. A must read !!! BLI

Good. This book was great and inspiring!🤘🏿

Excellent. True stories often fail to thrill like their fictional counterparts but with Shangri-la all that can be forgotten. A superb recounting of an event in late WW2 that I never knew about. It's likely already a movie but again, I've somehow missed it. If not, it'd make a great one with little need for artistic licence. Clint Eastwood directing, boo yah!

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Summary of Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Lost in Shangri-La book written by Mitchell Zuckoff was published on 26 April 2011, Tuesday in the Military category. A total of 3,206 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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