Michael Zuckoff, a former writer for the Boston Globe and currently a professor of journalism, has uncovered a World War II story unlike most. Rather than one of battles this story is of a rescue mission for three sightseeing soldiers to the valley of Shangri La. While soldiers were fighting for their lives in Europe and Asia some were waiting in bases with nothing to do. An extremely remote valley in New Guinea surrounded by mountains was discovered to have stone-aged villagers. This remote valley was so interesting that soldiers were allowed to fly over it purely for entertainment.
When one of these excursions ended in a terrible crash the three survivors, a woman and two men, were the objects of a dramatic rescue from this land of cannibalistic tribes. Lost in Shangri-La is a riveting true story that inspires and reveals yet another reason to call World War II soldiers part of the Greatest generation.