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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Book Summary

In 1945, a sightseeing trip over Shangri-La turned deadly when the plane crashed, leaving only three survivors who, battling for their survival, were caught between man-eating headhunters and the enemy Japanese. A real-life adventure drawn from personal interviews, declassified Army documents and personal photos and mementos.

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