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About the Author

Mitchell Zuckoff received a master's degree from the University of Missouri and was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He is currently a professor of journalism at Boston University. He has written several books including Frozen in Time: show more An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II; Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II; Robert Altman: The Oral Biography; Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend; Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders written with Dick Lehr; and 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi. His work Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey received the Christopher Award. He was a reporter for twenty years, mostly as an investigative reporter and roving national correspondent for The Boston Globe. His articles have appeared in several publications including The New Yorker and Fortune. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors' Public Service Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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2012 (10) 9/11 (35) adventure (42) American history (32) audiobook (22) aviation (29) Benghazi (32) biography (62) CIA (11) crime (20) ebook (53) finance (14) Greenland (21) historical (13) history (287) Kindle (53) Libya (32) memoir (11) Middle East (17) military (63) military history (22) New Guinea (76) NF (13) non-fiction (401) own (17) Pacific (14) plane crash (36) politics (15) read (36) rescue (42) survival (99) terrorism (42) to-read (322) true crime (48) unread (12) US history (12) USA (19) war (45) War on Terror (18) WWII (306)

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A good story but with far too much detail. Perhaps the author felt obliged to put every research detail into his book as a tribute to those who didn't make it out alive.

It was however a remarkable tale of foolishness, tragedy, heroism, and ingenuity in an easily forgotten part of the world during a time of much more pressing events.
dlinnen | 92 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |
A very good book in terms of getting even more insight into Altman the man.

Incidentally (or not???), he was a serious weed smoker but now I know he toked into his old age. Pot brownies at the Oscars.
monicaberger | 6 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
Interesting and very fast read. Not entirely sure why...but from the way the author described the geography around "Shangri-La", I kept thinking of Islandia. It was bordered by mountainous terrain and was nearly impossible to get to. (Maybe it was just on my mind because I'd recently browsed that book again.) Anyway, the story is an amazing adventure describing the plane crash and rescue mission and once again, these guys kept diaries so we get first hand accounts.
ellink | 92 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
Despite not containing very much information about actual 'WAR' (one of my favorite topics to read up on) this book was immensely enjoyable.
prasta | 92 other reviews | Jan 15, 2024 |



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