LOST IN SHANGRI-LA BY MITCHELL ZUCKOFF

Lost in Shangri-La pic ADULT NON-FICTION PICK BY ROD

(HarperCollins Publishers, 2011)

While reading Lost in Shangri-La, I kept thinking to myself, why hasn’t Hollywood turned this into a major motion picture yet?

Near the end of WWII, a U.S. Army plane carrying 24 souls, flying over the island of New Guinea, crashed in an uncharted region inhabited by a prehistoric tribe.  No white man had ever set foot in the isolated paradise and the three lone survivors, two men and one woman, were suddenly thrust into an unimaginable situation.  In the months that followed, a tale of survival, loss, discovery, heroism, friendship, and a near-impossible rescue mission, unfurled.

Six decades later, author Mitchell Zuckoff accidentally discovered the story while searching newspaper articles for something entirely different.  He said the story “nagged” at him so he began to gather pieces of information.  He retraced the past through letters, diaries, photographs, newspaper articles, official documents, interviews with surviving participants, and even a long-lost documentary feature, to uncover one of the great untold yarns of the war.

Lost in Shangri-La is a riveting work that brings to life a story that at times is terrifying, enlightening, and comic.  It’s a thrill-ride from beginning to end!

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