Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II (Paperback)

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With a chance to see “Shangri-La,” in Dutch New Guinea, 24 American servicemen and women climb aboard the Gremlin Special, a transport plane, in hopes of forgetting the tragedies of WWII. While enroute to this fabled paradise, the plane crashes into a mountainous jungle, leaving only three survivors. WAC Corporal Margaret Hastings, Lieutenant John McCollum and Corporal Kenneth Decker soon find themselves in a desperate battle for survival. And, a difficult choice. Do they stay with the wreckage or venture into the territory where man-eating headhunters are rumored to live? This true life adventure story is full of incredible heroism, personal sacrifice and determination. I loved every page!

— From Kristin

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A New York Times bestseller, the extraordinary World War II mission to rescue survivors of a U.S. military plane crash in an isolated corner of the South Pacific, and the ancient indigenous tribe members that aided those stranded on the ground in this "Shangri-La."

Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides' Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, and David Grann's The Lost Cityof Z will be captivated by Zuckoff's masterfullyrecounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery injungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.

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“A truly incredible adventure.”
-New York Times Book Review

“[A] gripplingly cinematic account. . . . A remarkable cast of characters. . . . A.
-Entertainment Weekly

“This is an absorbing adventure right out of the Saturday-morning serials. . . . Lost in Shangri-La deserves a spot on the shelf of Greatest Generation nonfiction. It puts the reader smack into the jungle. ”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Zuckoff transforms impressive research into a deft narrative that brings the saga of the survivors to life.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Zuckoff delivers a remarkable survival story. . . . In this well-crafted book, Zuckoff turns the long-forgotten episode into an unusually exciting narrative. . . . Polished, fast-paced and immensely readable—ready for the big screen.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[An] engaging story. . . . This excellent book will be enjoyed by anyone who loves true adventure stories.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

“A riveting tale in the hands of a good storyteller. . . . LOST IN SHANGRI-LA is the most thrilling book, fiction or nonfiction, that I have read since I can’t remember when.”
-Seattle Times

“Mitchell Zuckoff has uncovered, and vividly reconstructed, such an astonishing tale. . . . Zuckoff skillfully builds narrative tension and deft character portraits. . . . . He has pulled off a remarkable feat — and held the reader firmly in the grip.”
-David Grann, Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061988356
ISBN-10: 0061988359
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: P.S.

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