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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II Kindle Edition
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|Length: 405 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Having read the description of the book and knowing that it was a rescue and reading pretty much what the outcome was, I was a little concerned that the book might not hold my attention. But, not to worry, as soon as I started reading I was mesmerized by the amount of detail and how gripping the story was. Mitchell Zuckoff notes that no liberties were taken with any of the facts, characters, dialog or chronology which must have made it a double challenge for him to put the diaries, notes, news stories and newsreels and interviews all together in a way made me feel like I was there, personally involved with these people.
Besides being such a good read, it added to my knowledge of the history of WWII.Read more ›
The account then tracks their survival, how they were found and how they were rescued. The author uses diaries, Army records and interviews to reconstruct the events.
Mr. Zuckoff provides far more then a simple account, however. He provides some history of the participants. Especially interesting were the Phillipino-American soldiers who volunteered for the rescue mission and the rescue operation itself (don't want to give it away). The most fascinating aspect, though, was the study of the natives who had lived a stone age war-mongering existence completely isolated from the rest of the world, or even the rest of the island and their interactions with the Americans. What makes it so unique is that he has the perspectives from both the American side and the natives' side because he was able to New Guinea last year and interview natives who still remembered the events. Thus he was able to provide their thinking as well as the Americans'. It is frequently amusing to learn the gross misunderstandings of members of the two so different cultures. Even with these gross misunderstandings they were able to peacefully co-exist for seven weeks.
The background and the retrospective perspective make this far more than just a plane crash sage. Highly recommended.
Lost in Shangri-La is the amazing story of their many months spent deep in the perilous jungle of New Guinea. Lost and alone, they were in drastic need of food, water, supplies, and more than anything, medical attention. John McCollum, Kenneth Decker, and a beautiful blonde petite WAC named Margaret Hastings were in rough shape. Maggie's legs were horribly burned, Decker's entire backside was worse, and although McCollum was able to walk away uninjured, he lost his twin brother in the flames. Walking to a nearby hillside brought the trio a little hope when the jungle walls parted and a group of frightening natives emerged, bows and arrows and spears at the ready.Read more ›
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This is a wonderful true story of bravery, creative problem solving and heroic action, occurring in a fascinating and unfamiliar locale. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Linda M
A great read. True story with some very interesting thoughts on native peoples. Here we think we are civilized and I had to laugh when the native peoples told what they had thought... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lookin for comfort
Near the end of World War II what began as an attempt to break the boredom of their duty station several military personnel, including a couple of army nurses, volunteer for a... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Malvin L. Miranda
The story unfolds with a generous amount of personal and military background to paint a backdrop for the accident and subsequent rescue. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kay Hettich
A terrific true story, told as a journalist would tell it: no "flash and dazzle," no flights of fancy as to what might have been going on in the participants' minds, except... Read morePublished 19 days ago by kvrfan
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