Friday, June 22, 2012

Lost In Shangri-La | Mitchell Zuckoff | Book Review

Title: Lost In Shangri-La
Author: Mitchell Zuckoff
Publisher: Harper Perennial, 2012
Paperback: 432 pages

A true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II.

{ Synopsis }

Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue 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 City of Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfully recounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery in jungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.

{ About The Author }

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a former special projects reporter for the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. His honors include the 2000 Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Christopher Award for his book Chosing Naia: A Family’s Journey, which was a Boston Globe bestseller. His magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fortune, and other national and regional publications.

{ My Review }

I am not usually interested in reading documentary style books, but I have always found war history fascinating, so I decided to give this one a chance ~ I am glad I did!

Lost In Shangri-La is the riveting story of three individuals who survive a terrible plane crash into the side of a mountain in New Guinea, and a lengthy rescue mission into the heart of a previously unexplored valley. Facing tropical rainforest, severe injuries, warring natives rumored to be cannibalistic headhunters, and the daunting logistics of escaping a closed valley thousands of feet above sea level, the real life heroes in this book will inspire you.

This book is well worth the read.

{ Buy This Book }

You can purchase your own copy of Lost In Shangri-La for only $15.33 here.

{ Win This Book }

The great folks over at TLC Book Tours are offering one lucky Our Little Bit Of Wonderful reader a copy of this book! All you have to do to enter to win is complete the mandatory entry in the Rafflecopter form below, be at least 18 years old, and be a resident of the United States or Canada. Only the first entry is required, but you can enter as many extra entries as you want by completing the other entries, too. Make sure you complete all requirements for each entry you claim, as I will verify the winning entry and if it is not done, that entry will be disqualified. Have fun, and tell your friends!

{ Disclosure }

I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for providing an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and a positive review was not required by the sponsor. This post is in compliance with FTC regulations.


  1. Glad you enjoyed this one - I thought it was fantastic as well!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. Wow, that sounds interesting. I think I'll enter for this book.

  3. I would like to win this book because I love history and I love reading new books :o)

  4. Sounds great and I need a good summer book!

  5. "Lone Survivor" is my favorite book of all time, so after your review, I think I'd love this book as well!

    mjp_0419 at yahoo dot com

  6. I'm an avid reader and a history buff so this would be one I would immensely enjoy! Plus, your review really has me intrigued!

    sweepyhead at gmail dot com


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