An utterly gripping non-fiction adventure narrative, 'Lost in Shangri-La' is an untold true story of war, anthropology, survival, discovery, heroism, and a near-impossible rescue mission.
Three months before the end of World War II, a U.S. Army plane flying over New Guinea’s Baliem Valley crashed in uncharted mountains inhabited by a Stone Age tribe. Nineteen passengers and crew were killed and two were mortally wounded. But somehow three survived: a lieutenant whose twin brother died in the crash, a sergeant who suffered terrible head wounds, and a beautiful member of the Women's Army Corps.
Hurt, unarmed and afraid, they prayed for deliverance - from their wounds, from the elements, and from the spear-carrying, Dani tribesmen who roamed the mountains, men who were untouched by modernity. For seven weeks, the survivors experienced one remarkable adventure after another, until they were rescued in a truly incredible mission.
Rounding out the true-life cast is a rogue filmmaker who’d left Hollywood after being exposed as a jewel-thief; a smart-alek pilot who flew best when his plane had no engine, and a cowboy colonel whose rescue plan seemed designed to increase the death toll. Using a huge range of sources, including first hand accounts from the survivors themselves, Mitchell Zuckoff exposes the enlightening and terrifying adventure of three individuals lost on uncharted soil and the relationships they built not only with each other, but also with a lost civilization.
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Sunday Times: ‘[a] spirited adventure story... its brave and warm-hearted protagonists most certainly merit their literary memorial’
Independent on Sunday: ‘[a] real-life tale, deftly brought to life in Mitchell Zuckoff’s highly readable account... Lost in Shangri-La is an entertaining, enjoyable page-turner, ripe for the IMAX screen’
The Times: ‘Zuckoff takes off and runs with the story...go with him, it’s a wonderful ride.’
News of the World: 5* ‘Zuckoff has meticulously researched the incident with such eye-popping detail it could have happened last week. Stunning pictures and graphic accounts from those involved also bring it to life.’
Vogue: an ‘inspirational tale for passionate women’
Reader’s Digest: ‘an incredible story. And it’s all true.’
Literary Review: ‘In light of the enormous amount of junk written about the war, it is gratifying that Mitchell Zuckoff’s thoroughly gripping adventure tale has been well sourced... Zuckoff has avoided the cheesy reportage style beloved of so many historians...and this tale is all the better for it.’
Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of '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 and 'Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey'. 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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