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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most… (2011. Auflage)

von Mitchell Zuckoff (Autor)

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Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea
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Titel:Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Autoren:Mitchell Zuckoff (Autor)
Info:Harper (2011), Edition: 1st, 384 pages
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Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II von Mitchell Zuckoff

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I read a great deal of non-fiction mostly history, military, and political science. After completing graduate school with a degree in international relation and an undergraduate degree in history. I have a set idea of how nonfiction should be written and that it must be cited and documented. When I have a book in my hand I frequently flip back and forth from the book to the citations and notes. It gives me the confidence that what is written is true and verified. So naturally, I am turned off with narrative fiction and its usual lack of proper documentation. That being said I would have passed on Lost in Shangri-la.

I discovered a loophole in my own rules of what is really nonfiction. I picked up Shanga-li as an audio book and I must say I enjoyed the story. I don't really know if I would give much more credence that a "Based on a true story" Sunday Night Movie or historical fiction. The dates, the main characters, and major events all seem to mesh with the historical record. The conversations and the details, however, I don't know if they are real or implied.

The story of survival and the challenges of surviving in what could be a very hostile wilderness makes for great reading. The story is full of challenges. Everything from natives, injuries, aid, and planning a rescue is problematic. The backdrop of WWII and the military survivors show that no matter how powerful the US military had become during the war, there were certain things they were not prepared for.

I will call it a very interesting story based on real events.



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  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
This is a story about a historical event. I'm not much of a fan of history, but this story did keep me interested. Through the words of the author and the descriptive way he wrote, I felt like I was invested in the people. I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  toothpick1 | Jul 23, 2019 |
Great read! Very engaging story, especially the first half of the story. The author did a great job at character development and by the end of the book, the reader feels like he knows the crash survivors. Wow, Margaret Hastings was a very beautiful woman also! ( )
  Scorched_Earth | Dec 17, 2018 |

Great. Really great.

Photos of the survivors and their rescuers can be seen on the [a:Mitchell Zuckoff|328012|Mitchell Zuckoff|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1303242213p2/328012.jpg], the author's website.

The audio book narrated by the author is a terrific effort and very well done. Highly recommended.


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  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
non-fiction book by American author Mitchell Zuckoff about a US military airplane called "The Gremlin Special", which crashed on May 13, 1945 in Netherlands New Guinea, and the subsequent rescue of the survivors. Because it involved a female WAC Corporal lost in the jungle with "savages", the public became keenly interested in following the story. It was written about in the November 1945 issue of Reader's Digest magazine, and many other press channels. In 2011 Zuckoff published a modern retelling based on interviews with surviving Americans and New Guineans, and other previously unpublished information.
  MasseyLibrary | Mar 26, 2018 |
Polished, fast-paced and immensely readable—ready for the big screen.
hinzugefügt von Shortride | bearbeitenKirkus Reviews (Jan 15, 2011)
 
Mitchell Zuckoff’s “Lost in Shangri-La” delivers a feast of failures — of planning, of technology, of communication — that are resolved in a truly incredible adventure. Truly incredible? A cliché, yes, but Zuckoff’s tale is something a drunk stitches together from forgotten B movies and daydreams while clutching the bar. Zuckoff is no fabulist, though, and in this brisk book he narrates the tense yet peaceful five weeks during 1945 that three plane crash survivors spent immersed “in a world that time didn’t forget. Time never knew it existed.” Even at the level of exposition, the book is breathless.
 
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Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea

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