Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

By Mitchell Zuckoff
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"Lost in Shangri-La" by Mitchell Zuckoff is a gripping true story of survival set during World War II. In May 1945, a transport plane crashed in a remote part of New Guinea's uncharted jungle. The crash left only three passengers alive: Lieutenant John McCollom, Sergeant Kenneth Decker, and WAC Corporal Margaret Hastings.

Stranded in a treacherous landscape filled with enemy tribes and deadly animals, the three survivors faced unimaginable challenges. With limited provisions and injuries, they had to rely on their military training and resourcefulness to stay alive. Battling dehydration, harsh terrain, and danger at every turn, their determination to survive became their ultimate weapon.

As news of the crash spread, an audacious rescue mission was launched. Ingenious strategies were devised, and a group of paratroopers known as the "Filthy Thirteen" was chosen to navigate the perils of the jungle and rescue the stranded survivors. Their mission was riddled with complications, but they were undeterred in their pursuit to bring their comrades back safely.

"Lost in Shangri-La" is a remarkable tale of resilience, courage, and the indomitable human spirit. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Mitchell Zuckoff brings this compelling adventure to life, shining a light on the strength of the human will and the extraordinary lengths we can go to in the face of adversity.

This extraordinary real-life account of survival and rescue will keep readers on the edge of their seats, immersed in the haunting beauty and danger of the jungle. It is a testament to the power of hope, friendship, and sheer determination, reminding us of the indescribable strength that lies within all of us when faced with insurmountable odds.
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