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VINE VOICEon February 2, 2012
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This is a well researched and fascinating story of survival and of how modern man related to and affected the native people of New Guinea. You'll get to see the military members and the Dani people at their best and at their, well, not-so-best! There are no "superior" white men or "noble savages," just people in extraordinary circumstances coming together and learning to trust. There is bravery and personality enough to go around and it makes for very rich tale.
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on April 17, 2015
After I had read Unbroken, I got Lost in Shangri-La. It is a little know story of survival in the tropics during WW II. The telling was riveting, the characters memorable and the final outcome somewhat surprising. The were regular people that survived and adapted to primitive conditions while showing great courage and compassion to the natives. When they returned to their homes they returned to their normal lives. A very good book, I highly recommend it.
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on April 5, 2013
This is really a 'man's book.' But I loved it anyway, and bought one for someone else.
The research was meticulously done, and the story was incredible. A mixture of sorrow and joy; intrigue and fear. The crash survivors were amazing in how they handles their problems. And I liked their interaction with the New Guinea natives who found them so fascinating.
They were lucky, the natives weren't really head hunters--they only ate their enemies.
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on January 3, 2015
Excellent trip back to a mostly forgotten era and part of the world. This true story of American men and women in colonial New Guinea during the war, responding to a morale flight gone tragically wrong, is a tale right of the old men's adventure mags like Argosy and True. Respectful of the Papuans and their culture, it rises above similar "bwana" tales of the post war years and balances the natives perspective against those of the castaways.
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on March 13, 2012
In 1945 an American transport plane took off for a joyride over a hidden valley in New Guinea. It turned deadly when the plane crashed in the jungle. 24 American service men and WACs were on board.

The story tells of their struggle to survive, of the natives on the island, and the unusual way the survivors managed to get out and what eventually happened to each one.

The story was well documented and contains many pictures.
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on November 5, 2011
This book is amazing in two ways: 1)The discovery of a truly "Lost Civilization" during World War Two is a shocker, 2) It seems there was virtually no media coverage after the war. It's astounding that this never even became a footnote in history, yet the discovery, and study of primitive man is a major event.
I'd never heard of this until I read a New York Times Book Review.
The book drags in parts, so I believe 4 stars is in order.
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on August 26, 2013
This book was excellently done and painstakingly researched. Zuckoff even went back to New Guinea to interview the natives who were alive at the time. It is an amazing story and I would think most people would enjoy as the three survivors struggled to get out of their predicament and the few people who helped to extricate them. Zuckoff took great pains to be sensitive to all involved especially to those who died in the plane crash.
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on November 9, 2014
I highly recommend this book. It kept me fascinated from the first page. Zuckoff paid attention to detail. He included references and footnotes. We feel what it must have been like for the survivors and all those who worked so hard to rescue them. The inclusion of quotes from the natives of the valley who were there was very well done. The photos added to the story, showing readers it is true. Well done, Mitchell Zuckoff!
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on July 29, 2011
The beginning of the story was interesting, and had a lot of promise. As it became more of a story than a documentary, the author started throwing bundles of facts about characters and related stories that were just that: one paragraph of notes slapped on a page with no color, no feeling, adding nothing to the tale you came to read, and did a great job of throwing cold water on the unfolding story you wanted to hear. If I could get my money back, I would.
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on December 16, 2014
What starts out as a sight seeing adventure ends up as the adventure of a lifetime. These unsuspecting passengers embarked on journey back in time to world where time had stood still. How they managed to survive the primitive people and hostile environment to say nothing of their daring rescue makes for a very interesting read. A fascinating account of their real life experience that would frame the rest of their lives.
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