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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic and Fascinating Read!

I received an ARC of this book and thought that the summary sounded intriguing. A group of soldiers and WAC's take a scenic plane tour of New Guinea's Hidden Valley, but the plane crashes leaving 3 survivors. They then realize they are not alone in the valley when they ...
I received an ARC of this book and thought that the summary sounded intriguing. A group of soldiers and WAC's take a scenic plane tour of New Guinea's Hidden Valley, but the plane crashes leaving 3 survivors. They then realize they are not alone in the valley when they meet Stone Age tribesmen who have never before seen white people. The story is crafted from journal entries, photographs, and interviews with the author as we follow the heroic rescue of the survivors and the harrowing details of their survival in a new world. I thought the book was fantastic and very interesting. To think all of this really happened and I'd never heard of the story before, it's one of those secret treasures you never know existed. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good non-fiction read.

posted by AKinderman on April 19, 2011

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9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I expected more of an exiting tale of headhunters and drama, but instead this read more like a documentary about life on an island during WWII. Although historically interesting, it really didn't have the drama I was expecting with friendly natives, not savage headhunt...
I expected more of an exiting tale of headhunters and drama, but instead this read more like a documentary about life on an island during WWII. Although historically interesting, it really didn't have the drama I was expecting with friendly natives, not savage headhunters as anticipated for this area. I should have passed on this one, not a cliff hanger by any stretch.

posted by EHSFLY on August 2, 2011

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    Posted March 4, 2013

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    Too many plot spoilers ruins the book. Get rid of plot spoilers.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Another interesting magazine article pumped up to book length.

    I don't need to know how many of what size bolts, nuts and rivets Charley Johnson personally placed on the 1941 model xxx Douglas DC3 that crashed in the jungle before he went home and played with his dog because they had nothing to do with the situation. This would have been a fine magazine length story but the author has padded it up with paragraphs of boring detail about every object, person or place involved. This seems to be a formula for making a book out of a short subject. If you like this one you will like "The Golden Spruce", it's written the same way by a different author.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    I have no idea

    Well, I'd like to read it but it's too large to download with out a wi-fi. I commute 70 miles to work with no wi-fi there. B&N is another 20 minutes out of my way, plus stopping to down load it. So I tried to side load it, but its protected by some DRN.

    Hoping to get a refund.

    2 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Nook

    Sorry

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2011

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    Poor Margaret!!! Didn't read the book, but the writeup sounded good.

    0 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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