Lost in Shangri-la

Lost in Shangri-la

[a True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff chronicles the untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, in which a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2011
ISBN: 9780307917263
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 26, 2018

Both a great survival/rescue story and a fascinating look at Americans trying to communicate with a secluded tribe during World War II. It's hard to put down.

On a Sunday afternoon near the end of World War II, a plane load of American GIs and WACs flew on a sight-seeing trip over a secluded jungle valley in the mountains of New Guinea. They were hoping to see the homes of a group of unknown tribes, a true “lost civilization.” Instead, the plane crashed into the side of a mountain, with only three survivors: an officer whose twin brother had died in the crash, a soldier with a severe head wound, and a badly burned WAC. This is the fascinating true story of their meeting with the native tribes and their amazing rescue by paratroopers and the Air Force. Told from diaries, interviews with one of the survivors, and even interviews with several of the natives who were there, which gives it a depth that might not otherwise be true. Excellent research and writing both.

Nov 06, 2015

One thing, this true story occurring near the end of WWII, demonstrates why military transports shouldn't be used for spur-of-the-moment sightseeing trips. The audio narrator does a good job all the way through the 7 CD set, but the story -- well, it might have been gripping for newspaper readers at the time who apparently followed it as a daily soap opera; but now, not so much. One big plus -- unlike "Unforgiven", the depressingly unpleasant WWII story well known to current-day culture -- this one has a decidedly optimistic message. Overall, while a little slow going, still modestly interesting.

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