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Lost in Shangri-La

A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

by Mitchell Zuckoff

Lost in Shangri-La
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    May 2011, 400 pages
    Apr 2012, 400 pages

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Megan Shaffer

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The true story of three plane crash survivors and their struggle to stay alive in the Shangri-La jungle in 1945

There were several noted military attacks that took place as part of World War II combat on May 13, 1945. However, on that very same day, there also occurred a more anonymous incident of devastation that has, until now, slipped by many historians and the world at large.

Author and journalist Mitchell Zuckoff has plucked a diamond of a story out of the rubble of World War II history with his vivid account of the crash of the Gremlin Special, a C-47 transport plane. Lost in Shangri-La draws on remarkable interviews, journal entries, diaries, and photographs to recount the astonishing tale of three plane crash survivors and their unlikely jungle rescue.

The story literally takes off in Dutch New Guinea where two dozen officers, soldiers, and Women's Army Corp members (WAC's) board the Gremlin Special. The flight isn't a tactical military mission, but rather a morale-boosting joy ride ...

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To see photos of the passengers of the Gremlin Special, or to get a timeline of the key events of the rescue, please visit Mitchell Zuckoff's website. You can also click on the video below to watch the 1945 film that inspired Zuckoff's book; it was created by Alexander Cann after he parachuted (drunk) into the Shangri-La valley, where the crash survivors awaited rescue.

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