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Author: Mitchell Zuckoff Narrator: Mitchell Zuckoff Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780062072801
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“A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame withgreat gams, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read!" —Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic


Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, and David Grann’s The Lost Cityof Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfullyrecounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery injungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A lost world, a man-eating tribesman, lush and impenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers...What an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying read!”

    Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author

  • Lost in Shangri-La is a riveting work of narrative history and a thrilling journey to the beginning of time. Mitchell Zuckoff embarks on an amazing journey of his own, climbing mountains and braving jungles, to resurrect witnesses and discover remnants of the downed plane. Along the way, he discovers not only the truth about the crash and its aftermath but also deeper truths about how modern and prehistoric people view the world, each other, and themselves.”

    James L. Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt

  • Lost in Shangri-La delivers a feast of failures—of planning, of technology, of communication—that are resolved in a truly incredible adventure…Even at the level of exposition, the book is breathless.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] gripplingly cinematic account...[with] a remarkable cast of characters.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Mitchell Zuckoff has uncovered, and vividly reconstructed, such an astonishing tale.”

    Washington Post

  • “This is an absorbing adventure right out of the Saturday-morning serials...Lost in Shangri-La deserves a spot on the shelf of Greatest Generation nonfiction. It puts the reader smack into the jungle.” 

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “In this well-crafted book, Zuckoff turns the long-forgotten episode into an unusually exciting narrative...Polished, fast-paced, and immensely readable—ready for the big screen.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Zuckoff transforms impressive research into a deft narrative that brings the saga of the survivors to life. His access to journal accounts, letters, photos, military records, and interviews with the eyewitnesses allows for an almost hour-by-hour account of the crash and rescue, along with vivid portraits of his main subjects...In our contemporary world of eco-tourism and rain-forest destruction, Zuckoff’s book gives a window on a more romantic, and naïve, era.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ably read by Mitchell Zuckoff, the book chronicles three military personnel who survived a plane crash near the end of the war, only to find themselves stranded without a method of communicating in a jungle known for cannibals. The story of their rescue is gripping, and Zuckoff’s narration is adept. He delivers the story with confidence.”


  • “What makes Zuckoff’s story an essential read is the interaction between the survivors and the indigenous tribe they encounter after crashing...This excellent book will be enjoyed by anyone who loves true adventure stories of disaster and rescue.”

    Library Journal

  • “A mesmerizing narrative...Energetic and empathetic, Zuckoff delivers a page-turner for WWII readers.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Nonfiction
  • An Amazon Best Books of the Year: Top 10 Editors' Pick for 2011
  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2011
  • An 2011 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • Selected for the 2011 Salon Magazine Best Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A 2011 Seattle Times Best Book for Nonfiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/23/2011

    " Fascinating book! I really enjoy true heroic stories and this one did not let me down. I always feel bad when 'moderm man' visits 'a primitive tribe' and think that they can make their life better. Usually they can't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/20/2011

    " My type of book....amazing TRUE story with a good ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 5/17/2011

    " Fascinating story. Interesting part of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/17/2011

    " Can't wait for the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juanita | 5/16/2011

    " I loved this book. I hope it becomes a movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/16/2011

    " I can't imagine anyone not finding this book interesting - at the very least. It's a well-researched true account of 3 survivors of a plane crash in the New Guinea jungle during WWII. They were rescued but that's the biggest surprise of the book. You'll just have to read it. "

About the Author

Mitchell Zuckoff, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, is the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University. He covered 9/11 for the Boston Globe and wrote the lead news story on the day of the attacks. While at the Boston Globe, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and the winner of numerous journalism awards.