Lost in Shangri-la

Lost in Shangri-la

A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

Large Print - 2011
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Describes the 1945 odyssey of three plane crash survivors in New Guinea who endured a harrowing journey through the jungle to seek help, their encounter with a primitive tribe who had never seen white people, and their eventual rescue by a band of paratroopers.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2011
ISBN: 9780062065049
Branch Call Number: 940.548 ZUC
Characteristics: 545 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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maryalm65gmailcom
Apr 18, 2017

I still want book but want to pick up at Linden Hills

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dickofoto
Jul 17, 2015

Excellent story of a little known event of World War 2

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the BPL Teen Blog on 8/22/2012.

This is the story of a sight-seeing army plane that was taking several soldiers and Women in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) over a newly discovered vally in Dutch New Guinea in May of 1945 near the end of World War II. This was uncharted territory, and very hard to fly through because of sharp winds, lots of clouds, and very high mountains that appeared out of nowhere like monsters. The plane crashed, essentially in the middle of nowhere, and only three people survived. But life was not easy for them. They were undercover of a dense forest, where no search plane could see them, and two of the survivors were severely wounded, most of their skin burned off and disease setting in. They were forced to hike to a clearing, and to face the natives, whom it was thought at the time, were cannibals. No one in the Army knew how to get them out of their location. Planes couldn’t fly in, and a hike would be roughly 150 miles of dangerous terrain that no one had ever hiked through before. This book chronicles the plight of the three survivors, two men and one woman, along with those who risked their lives to get them out. It is also the story of how the natives came to meet the outside world for the first time. These people didn’t know what a radio was. They didn’t even know what a wheel was. They had their own way of life, and had been living it for thousands of years before a plane crash changed everything for them.

What an experience. I can’t imagine what this must have been like for those who survived the crash and for those natives who believed these white people who fell from the sky were spirits. But though Zuckoff’s book, I was able to get a glimpse of things, to see how they surivived, and to see the amazing rescue effort that almost didn’t happen on many occassions. This was a fantastic read and one I would highly recommend to anyone interested in flying or surviving in the jungle. Once I got into this book, I couldn’t put it down!

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Jessi52
Aug 25, 2013

As a history buff, this book had me from the beginning. Wonderful, well written story of an actual event in WWII history. Started reading 3 hours ago, I'm over a third thought it. It will be a late night reading.

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maurajk
May 19, 2012

Meryl's recommendation

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Brian_Shaw
Feb 07, 2012

Wonderfuly written story providing great detail and a first-hand account of this incredible event. My one suggestion would've been to hold some of the pictures in the story, because they gave away some of what was going to happen.

Highly recommend you read this book.

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 08, 2011

I had trouble putting this book down. It's an amazingly well-documented account of a plane crash in New Guinea during WWII, told without sentiment or political chest-beating, and describing the heroics of the survivors as well as of the rescuers. Excellent book.

shamare Jun 28, 2011

This is an extraordinary book about a crash of a plane during WWII, into an unknown area of New Guinea, inhabited by Stone Age natives. I could not put the book down, and was fascinated by details about WWII and the Pacific that I did not know.

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

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