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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

22 out of 23 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    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 headhunters as anticipated for this area. I should have passed on this one, not a cliff hanger by any stretch.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

    C+ book at best

    Wow, looking at all those stars. This had to be a good book. This should be a book of about 100 pages or so. Even then it's an over-hyped story of "danger" and "drama" that just doesn't deliver on the facts. THe first 75 pages or so, and the last chapter are worth reading (but not by much), while the middle half of the book is just laborious detail about inconsequential detail. "We woke up, ate potatoes for breakfast, looked into the air for the next air drop, and tried to stay dry." Over and over again. OK. We got that. You know there is a problem when you're skipping paragraph after paragraph of mind-numbing filler info that has little or no relationship to the fundamental story. Every possible detail about each character's past is included (family life as a child, civilian business ventures starts and fails, previous marriages etc etc etc. The writing itself is fine (actually good). The problem with this book is the story itself and all the filler info. Not all that interesting, and definitely not as dramatic an event in history as portrayed.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Masterfully Told

    An excellent book recounting the rescue of American servicemen and women in a secluded New Guinea valley towards the end of the Second World War. Contact with stone age tribesmen only adds to this amazing true story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    I so wanted to like this book but it was a huge let-down for me.

    I so wanted to like this book but it was a huge let-down for me. I was expecting a thrilling survivors-against-the-natives tale. And it wasn't. There were no life or death struggles; the natives were more intrigued by the Americans than hostile toward them; the survivors were located fairly quickly and had regular drops of food and supplies. The most complicated obstacle was figuring out how to get them out of the valley.
    Maybe it's because I had just read "Unbroken" and it set the bar too high for this book. They are no where in the same league. I would describe "Lost in Shangri-La" as 'war story lite". VERY lite.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    REALLY!!!!

    This book sucks!!!!!!!

    1 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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