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Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2011: Near the end of World War II, a plane carrying 24 members of the United States military, including nine Women’s Army Corps (WAC) members, crashed into the New Guinea jungle during a sightseeing excursion. 21 men and women were killed. The three survivors--a beautiful WAC, a young lieutenant who lost his twin brother in the crash, and a severely injured sergeant--were stranded deep in a jungle valley notorious for its cannibalistic tribes. They had no food, little water, and no way to contact their military base. The story of their survival and the stunning efforts undertaken to save them are the crux ofLost in Shangri-La, Mitchell Zuckoff’s remarkable and inspiring narrative. Faced with the potential brutality of the Dani tribe, known throughout the valley for its violence, the trio’s lives were dependent on an unprecedented rescue mission--a dedicated group of paratroopers jumped into the jungle to provide aid and medical care, consequently leaving the survivors and paratroopers alike trapped on the jungle floor. A perilous rescue by plane became their only possible route to freedom. A riveting story of deliverance under the most unlikely circumstances,Lost in Shangri-Ladeserves its place among the great survival stories of World War II. --Lynette Mong
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ISBN-10:  0061988340
Author:  Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre:  Kindle eBooks, History
Publisher:  Harper Collins, Inc.
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review by . May 29, 2011
This tale of a World War II plane crash and rescue is making everybody's summer 2011 must-read lists, and with good reason--it’s a well-researched and -written account of a minor event with so many dramatic angles it keeps the reader glued to the page to the end.  I ended up reading it straight through in one day.      In May 1945 (after Germany's surrender but with the Pacific war still active and dangerous) on the South Pacific Island of Dutch New Guinea, …
review by . July 11, 2011
A moving story of survival, endurance, and cultures...
   Imagine flying over a jungle, having your plane crash and kill all but three of the passengers and crew, struggling to find your way to a clearing to be spotted and rescued, only to come face-to-face with a jungle tribe of suspected cannibals.  That's the real-life situation that three military personnel found themselves in during World War II, and the story is chronicled in the book Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission …
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