Lost in Shangri-la
Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s bestselling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored...more
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In the last months of World War II as America worked its way towards Japan, a plane load of military personnel took off for a sight seeing tour of a remote valley in New Guinea that had been dubbed Shangri-La. Previous flights had noted tribes of natives numbering...more
"The cabin crumbled forward toward the cockpit. The walls of the fuselage collapsed as though sucked inward. Both wings ripped away. The tail section snapped off like a balsa-wood toy. Flames shot through the wreckage. Small explosions rang out like gunshots. Black smoke choked off the light. The air grew bitter with the stench of burning metal, burning leather, burning rubber, burning wires, burning oil, burning cloths, burning hair, burning flesh."
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You'd think with all the stories written with regards to World War II that all had been told. And then along comes another and you're amazed that you never heard anything about this one. Lost in Shangri-La is such a story.
On Sunday, May 13, 1945, Colonel Peter Prossen planned a special outing for some of his staff, a flight to view a remote valley known...more
While very well written, Lost in Shangri-la isn't perfect. The focus is on the story, on the three crash survivors and most particularly the rather attractive WAC among them. One learns very little about New Guinea, the inhabitants of the valley they awaited rescue in or the history of the war on the island. Enough is told...more
“A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame withgreat gams, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read!" —Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic
Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue
But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, th...more
Lost in Shangri-La describes the harrowing story of Americans stationed in Dutch New Guinea during WWII who ended up trapped in the jungle after a plane crash left most of their group dead. What was supposed to be a morale-boosting pleasure flight over the valley and for the men and women aboard to catch a glimpse of native villages went horribly wrong with the plane crashed, leaving 21 dead and only three survivors: John McCollum, Kenneth Deck...more
This turned out to be a great choice. Everyone enjoyed the narration by the author. My father-in-law who listens to a LOT of audio books said he thought this was one of the best narrations he's heard. The pacing of the story is grea...more
This remarkable true story of survival, however, is not by a soldier captured by the Japanese. This is about the crash of a military plane that was on a sight-seeing run over a recently discovered high-elevation valley on northern New Guinea in May 1945. Just three of 24 people, including a woman in the Air Corps, survived the...more
Zuckoff researched the story to provide many details that were not reported in the press o...more
Em 13 de maio de 1945, vinte e quatro soldados americanos embarcaram em um avião cargueiro para um passeio sobrevoando Shangri-La, um li...more
When the crash occurred, though, it held the American public enthralled. Here was a story like no other during the war. A military plane was used to over...more
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The story starts off with 24 enlisted personnel winning a chance to fly over "Shangria-La" as part of a way to boast morale on the military base Hollandia. Mitchel introduces all 24 personnel along wi...more
This is like so many of the non-fiction books I have read this year: stranger than fiction. It reads like a good fiction-thriller, but all true. A wonderf...more
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