Two years ago, I read an amazing, amazing book called Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff. It’s a true story about a plane that crashes in Shangri-La and the way the survivors are rescued. When I found out Zuckoff had a new book coming I just new I had to get my hands on it right away.
Frozen in Time did not disappoint. From the first page I was totally riveted by Zuckoff’s account of three deadly plane crashes that occurred in Greenland during WWII, and the daring rescue attempts by the U.S. Coast Guard. Zuckoff alternates narratives, first telling the story in 1942, taking you right inside the planes and into the perspective of the men. You go from being trapped on the glaciers with the crash survivors, where you’re struggling to stay warm and slowly giving up hope, to being at the Coast Guard stations, where crews are desperately brainstorming ways to save these men.
Then, you switch to Zuckoff’s perspective in present day, as he teams up with the Coast Guard in an attempt to find the crash locations, and any wreckage that remains.
It’s stunning how Zuckoff weaves all these stories together, and just shows how gifted he is when it comes to telling a good story. And, it’s all based on true events.
For me, the most fascinating and heartbreaking parts where the rescue attempts. Zuckoff captures the courage and the bravery of the men involved, and sheds light on these heroic actions that really happened in the background of the world war.
This book is a great read for anyone interested in WWII history, or history in general, or anyone that likes an adventure or a riveting survival story. (And it’d make a great gift for dad!) The men featured in the book truly are heroes, and I feel grateful that I now know their stories, thanks to Zuckoff.
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