Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

Is truth stranger than fiction?  Certainly,  no one could make up this incredible true story of WWII survival I just listened to as an audiobook.    Lost in Shangri-la tells the tale of the “Gremlin Special”, a   transport plane, that crashed in Dutch New Guinea on May 13, 1945 with 24  army personnel on board.    The valley where they crashed was so remote that the natives, supposed cannibals and head-hunters, had never been exposed to the outside world.  Unfortunately, there are only three survivors and their amazing story of adventure and rescue is accounted for in amazing detail thanks to the journals kept by the survivors, as well, as stories told to Zuckoff on a visit to New Guinea while researching the book.   The story of the tribespeople of New Guinea is just as much a part of  this tale as the rescue.   The author’s skillful narration make this book a “must” on your list of books to be read or heard this year.

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