Monday, April 25, 2011

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

 TLC Book Tours would like to introduce...

LOST IN SHANGRI-LA by Mitchell Zuckoff

American servicemen and women, New Guinea, and WWII, are the backdrops for Lost in Shangri-La.

Margaret Hastings' life as a WAC in New Guinea is the main focus.   Margaret and the other servicemen and women on site longed to see Shangri-La, so their captain arranged for a day trip.  Little did the twenty-four passengers realize that their dream to see the hidden villages in the jungle would not turn out to be what they expected.  When something went wrong during the flight, it crashed into a mountain, and the nightmare began.

Out of the twenty-four passengers only three survived, and these three were burned, hurt, and starving.  They painfully made their way to a clearing and were spotted by an American plane, but they were also spotted by hundreds of the island's inhabitants who approached with spears.  Luckily continual smiling at the island's people assured them that the strangers were not a cause for alarm. No way of communication other than hand gestures and smiles made it difficult, but at least they were still alive, and the indigenous people were friendly.

As the three survivors waited out each day in pain and in hopes of being saved, their rescue team was simultaneously in the process of being organized.  Being accepted by the island's inhabitants became somewhat better each day, but their wounds were increasingly becoming more infected and painful.  Margaret and Decker were in the most pain, and thankfully McCollum was somewhat strong and alert.

When the rescue medics finally arrived, it hadn't been too soon...gangrene was starting to set in, and a few more days without medical treatment may have meant death.  The other half of the rescue team landed a few days later, but getting to the survivors was being hampered by the foliage and continuous rain. They finally arrived, and everyone waited for the flight team that would take them off the inaccessible island.

The rescue from the island was every bit as eventful and fascinating as the time spent there.

The book is a marvelous read, beautifully written, and an outstanding re-creation of events.  Mr. Zuckoff should be commended for his research, and Ms. Hastings and Mr. Walter should also be commended for keeping a daily journal so that their tale could be told all these years later. 

You will love hearing about the lives of the natives and their legends and also of the lives of those who survived and who took part in the rescue....wonderful facts and information.

The photos greatly enhanced the book.  To me it was another not well-known part of history coming alive.  World War II enthusiasts should not miss reading this book.  5/5 


  1. Enjoy the Blog Tour. Good luck to you, Mr. Zuckoff.

    As you can see, I loved the book.

  2. This is the second review of this book I've read and the other reviewer agreed with you. I've added the book to my wish list.

  3. I read this book on the weekend (I'm on the tour as well) and I agree, a fantastic book.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Man of La Book.

  5. Great review! I am so excited to finish reading this one. I am set to post on May 9th. This is my first blog tour. :)

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

  6. I love when they add great photos to books like this...I agree with you that it makes the book just come alive!

  7. This sounds like a great book. Thank you for sharing I really like your review.

    I'm a new follower, I saw your blog at book blogs and I hope you will stop by my blog when you have them time.


  8. My father read this and loved it, he wants me to read it. He called to tell me all about it this morning. He won a copy on Goodreads,

  9. It is very will enjoy it.

  10. This sounds a fascinating book to read. I hope I get to it at sometime.

  11. I just might have to get my hands on this book. Thanks!
    And, thanks for commenting on my site...
    Virginia Bell

  12. I was planning to listen to the audio version but knowing that there are photos, I may have to get the print version as well!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

  13. I lived in New Guinea for many years, and am looking forward enormously to reading this book.

    I am a new follower courtesy of The Book Blogger Hop. Thanks for stopping by my site.


  14. I've heard a lot of good things about this book, and I'm glad to see you enjoyed it as well. I'll link to your review on War Through the Generations.