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November 1944: Their B-24 bomber shot down on what should have been an easy mission off the Borneo coast, a scattered crew of Army airmen cut themselves loose from their parachutes—only to be met by loincloth-wearing natives silently materializing out of the mountainous jungle. Would these Dayak tribesmen turn the starving airmen over to the hostile Japanese occupiers? Or would the Dayaks risk vicious reprisals to get the airmen safely home in a desperate game of hide-and-seek?
A cinematic survival story featuring a bamboo airstrip built on a rice paddy, a mad British major, and a blowpipe-wielding army that helped destroy one of the last Japanese strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is also a gripping tale of wartime heroism unlike any other you have read.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
JUDITH M. HEIMANN is a career diplomat and the author of The Most Offending Soul Alive. She spent seven years living in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and speaks Indonesian. She traveled to three continents and interviewed all the surviving Dayaks and airmen in her research for this book. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Brussels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Started reading it @ 9:00 a.m. Finished it @ 11:00 p.m. that same day. An unusual and little known story of WWII quite different than any other I've read. Combines elements of historical & sociological interest, humor, suspense, courage and savagery in an enthralling true life tale.
Stranger than fiction is an overused term that means real life usually one-ups fiction and that is a just description of this little know story. These events did not change the world but they do give us insight into how we (western civilization) has changed so many other civilizations. I