Lost in Shangri-La - Mitchell Zuckoff - Mitchell Zuckoff

Lost in Shangri-La

  • Release Date:     ISBN: 52398066412379804
  • Book Genre: Military
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Lost in Shangri-La 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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Lost in Shangri-La - Mitchell Zuckoff Book Reviews

  • The best of humanities strengths and weaknesses (HRKiddoctor)

    Fascinating account of a little known story of survival and acceptance between very disparate people. Raw humanity throughout!
  • Lost in Shangri-La (Ken Verrett)

    True story, well researched, reads like a piece of good fiction. Clearly justifies that generation’s title “The Greatest”.
  • Lost in shangrala (Lovswimming)

    Outstanding first book I've read in a long time due to eye issues but I'm so happy I read this one
  • Excellent Read (Norm333)

    Very compelling read. A true story of courage and fortitude in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
  • A New Fan of Mitchell Zuckoff (SoldierMedic1990)

    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.
  • Lost in Shangri-La (Bookworm Sue)

    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 (Sis of 3)

    This was a good read~captivating from the 1st page. I appreciated the photos throughout the book, helping to keep the growing cast fresh.
  • Riveting Piece of History (Uprite Bear)

    Loved reading about these heroes. Nothing like being dumped in a jungle complete with primative natives.
  • Good read of survival (SSFD541)

    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.
  • Good book (Lord of LTL)

    Had to read it with big breaks in between.

Lost in Shangri-La - Mitchell Zuckoff Book Reviews

  • Lost in shangri-la (Paw-tex)

    Excellent,well written and organized.
  • Lost in Shangri-La (DrHRH)

    What an inspiration! This true story of people who became heroes because "we had no choice but to do what had to be done" stands as an example of what the human spirit can do when life requires it. May we all overcome obstacles like the crew and rescuers and the natives did in meeting their unique challenges. This is a haunting story.
  • Lost in Shang ri la (Craftylyn1)

    What a wonderful book about survival and the human spirit. Another story of the unsung heroes of WWII. I almost felt I was there with them, so vivid were the descriptions of the the whole ordeal.
  • Lost in Shangri-La (Hard to comprehend)

    Great reading. These are the hidden stories of WWII! Hard to comprehend the discovery of a civilization that no one know existed. The heartache that the survivors endured is hard to get a handle on, so a book like this is greatly appreciated and needed!
  • Lost in Shangri-La (beanienweezie)

    Very interesting read. You can feel the pain and heartbreak of the survivors of the terrible crash
  • An Absorbing Story (joelkmcw)

    This very thorough account is hard to put down. I'm glad I read it.
  • Excellent. (Daffodil564)

    I loved this book! Learned more about history and unknown people. Impressed by the bibliography. Was sad when it was over.
  • Excellent! (LimeNine)

    Very interesting. It took me two days to read this book, I was completely wrapped up in this story, and I'm from Dayton Ohio.
  • Great book (Teerob)

    This was a great read and wonderfully written. Unlike some true stories this was a real page turner. Wonderful story that comes to life for the reader.
  • LarinUP (LarinUP)

    Great survival story about the men and woman of WW II, and how they survive in a stone age Shangri-La.

Lost in Shangri-La - Mitchell Zuckoff Book Reviews

  • Good (Me love wish)

    This book was great and inspiring!🤘🏿
  • Lost in Shangra-La (PhyllisLS)

    Good mix of intrigue, suspense and historical facts. It kept my interest all the way through.
  • Lost in Shangri-La (Diamond.l)

    Really interesting read, glad the three made it, it was touch and go for a while.
  • Best non fiction ever! (MGR Toronto)

    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.
  • Excellent (Red2too)

    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!
  • Good read (Bigred1114)

    Great story, well researched and very informative. I had never heard this story before so was quite entertained
  • Lost in Shangri-la (Brian Didsbury)

    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
  • Great book (Josh9420)

    Great story

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