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Author: Mitchell Zuckoff Narrator: Mitchell Zuckoff Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9780062249852
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On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men vanished.

In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing crashes and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors. Frozen in Time places us at the center of a group of valiant airmen fighting to stay alive through 148 days of a brutal Arctic winter until an expedition attempts to bring them to safety. But that is only part of the story. In present-day Greenland, Zuckoff joins the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. on a dangerous expedition to recover the remains of the lost plane's crew.

Frozen in Time is a breathtaking blend of mystery, adventure, heroism, and survival. It is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and their families—and a tribute to the important, perilous, and often overlooked work of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Frozen in Time is rigorously researched, beautifully told, and absolutely compelling from start to finish, a true adventure story that takes us deeply into the heart of what it means to serve a cause higher than oneself.”

    Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The gripping story of a WWII-era plane crash, the survivors who braved subzero conditions, and the modern-day quest for answers.”


  • “A true-life nail-biter—as nimbly paced as a novel. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This vivid new World War II narrative by the author of Lost in Shangri-La reminds us that the tragedies and heroics of war don’t always take place on a battlefield…One of the most arresting WWII books of recent years.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • “Part Alive, part ShackletonFrozen in Time is a thrilling story of courage, perseverance, and loyalty that spans decades.”, editorial review

  • “The events Mr. Zuckoff relates are terrifying, horrible, remarkable, and, sometimes, thrilling…He is a skilled writer, reporter, and researcher, but what gives his latest book its power is his poignant, persuasive depiction of men under arms.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “World War II remains the mother lode of war adventure stories…Mitchell Zuckoff has found another one, and what a story it is…This is the stuff of great survivalist drama, and Zuckoff, a good storyteller, makes the most of it. He is alert to the arbitrary twists of fate that keep one man alive but not another and has a good eye for detail that suggests the daily suffering…behind the larger-than-life heroics. This is not a genre known for literary style, but Zuckoff's clear-eyed prose does just what it needs to do—keep up the suspense and make the pages turn…But what gives the book its weight is his genuine interest in, and respect for, the men themselves.”

    Washington Post

  • “Weeks stretch into months, but the pages fly by as you eagerly read on. Will they ever get home safely? Zuckoff’s mastery keeps readers wondering all the way to the end.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Zuckoff has produced a wonderful book that combines telling details, thoughtful background, and vivid storytelling into a fascinating tale of courage, war, and perseverance.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This tale of true heroism, human ingenuity, and sacrifice by ordinary people in the face of a bitter enemy is for anyone interested not only in World War II aviation or modern scientific techniques for locating missing aircraft, but in popular histories of real adventure.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Zuckoff’s gripping narrative unfolds with immediacy and verve as men in fetid snow caves and sputtering aircraft pit their dogged camaraderie and desperate, white-knuckle improvisations against the fury of an Arctic winter.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A thrilling historical tale…Frozen in Time is one of those epic adventure stories that will hold you in its grip from beginning to end.”

    David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

  • “Zuckoff isn’t just chronicling the adventure—he’s part of it. Frozen In Time is a beautifully written war yarn, but at its heart, it’s a nonfiction mystery—a tale of heroes united in a desire to solve a riddle buried in the Arctic ice.”

    Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Hellhound on His Trail

  • “A gripping, moving tale, suspensefully told—whose final act takes place today.”

    Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2013
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Selected for the May 2013 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book for 2013
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best History Narration
  • A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book in Nonfiction
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

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About the Author

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. Previously, he was a reporter and writing coach for the Boston Globe, where he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. He has won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award, and the Heywood Broun Award, among other national honors. He received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and was a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia. He lives outside Boston.