Judy's Reviews > Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff
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May 16, 2011

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I read the review in the newspaper and thought it sounded good. My father-in-law was in New Guinea during World War II as an airplane maintenance man. We need to search out the photo of him standing at his base camp with a monkey on his shoulder. I thought of him while I was reading the book and wished he was still alive so we could ask him exactly where he was and what it was like. As the title reads, it's a true story recreated from interviews, reports, diaries, letters, etc. In May of 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs were taken on a sightseeing tour by plane over the mostly unexplored areas of the island. Unfortunately, the pilots crashed the airplane. Only three survive, one woman and two men. From then on they had to deal with gangrene, obviously no food or shelter, primitive tribes, and enemy Japanese. It was really interesting reading about the native tribes and their customs and about the island itself. I was wishing for a better map to follow the route of their hikes and rescue, but there were plenty of photos to help you remember you're dealing with real people here. The rescue mission was a real challenge and added more heros to the story.

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message 1: by Sally (new)

Sally what an amazing story and close to home for you. I just want to congratulate all of our heros of war!!!
But in the next breathe I will wow you out and tell you that my new Iphone is so awsome that the book I am reading now " The world was my garden" by David Fairchild (of south FL) I can take my Iphone and google earth onto each place he was visiting from 1898 to 1902. Very scarey, but I love my Iphone and the book! Its two inches thick! Not a tough read. very british and a friendly read. Keep on reading!!!! and sharing.

Judy Sally you have a great point there - how modern technology can enhance the book you're reading. I am in the dark ages, wishing for a map on paper to help me follow a story!! "Very British!?" Well then, I'll have to add that book to my list too....

message 3: by Sally (new)

Sally Actually the story is about an american, but traveling back then was very rigid with respect to dress, dining and letters of introduction. David Fairchild worked for the US dept of Agriculture as a field explorer looking for economically viable plant specimens to be trial tested in different states depending on their climate.

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