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Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff
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Lost In Shangri-La is a true story of survival in the New Guinea jungle during World War II. After an air force C47 crashes, the survivors encounter a friendly stone age tribe. A difficult and time consuming rescue is made by the military.

The story of the tribes people is fascinating. They have no pottery or wheels or numbers past 3. Their life styles are incredible in comparison to the world that the stranded modern military people came from. The tribes war with each other without clear reasons, except that they have always fought and they are trying to appease ghosts that pervade their belief system.

The technical aspects of the rescue involve snatching loaded gliders from the ground by a flying aircraft. The story of how this is accomplished is extraordinary. The book combines history, anthropology,
adventure, and human resiliance in a compelling story.
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