Mitchell Zuckoff

1 Lost in Shangri-La

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2011-04-26
Description :  <b>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller and the winner of the Winship/PEN New England Award, <i>Lost in Shangri-La</i> is “a truly incredible adventure” (<i>New York Times Book Review</i>) about three brave survivors of a WWII plane crash in the jungle.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s bestselling novel <i>Lost Horizon</i>, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings, barefoot and burned, had no choice but to wear her dead best friend’s shoes. John McCollom, grieving the death of his twin brother also aboard the plane, masked his grief with stoicism. Kenneth Decker, too, was severely burned and suffered a gaping head wound.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Emotionally devastated, badly injured, and vulnerable to the hidden dangers of the jungle, the trio faced certain death unless they left the crash site. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside—a journey into the unknown that would lead them straight into a primitive tribe of superstitious natives who had never before seen a white man—or woman.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Drawn from interviews, declassified U.S. Army documents, personal photos and mementos, a survivor’s diary, a rescuer’s journal, and original film footage, <i>Lost in Shangri-La</i> recounts this incredible true-life adventure for the first time. Mitchell Zuckoff reveals how the determined trio—dehydrated, sick, and in pain—traversed the dense jungle to find help; how a brave band of paratroopers risked their own lives to save the survivors; and how a cowboy colonel attempted a previously untested rescue mission to get them out.<br /><br /> By trekking into the New Guinea jungle, visiting remote villages, and rediscovering the crash site, Zuckoff also captures the contemporary natives’ remembrances of the long-ago day when strange creatures fell from the sky. A riveting work of narrative nonfiction that vividly brings to life an odyssey at times terrifying, enlightening, and comic, <i>Lost in Shangri-La</i> is a thrill ride from beginning to end.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> This ebook also includes an excerpt from Mitchell Zuckoff’s <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Frozen in Time</i>.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> About the Author:<br /><br /> <b>Mitchell Zuckoff</b> is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of <i>Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II</i>, <i>Robert Altman: An Oral Biography</i>, <i>Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend</i>, J<i>udgment Ridge: The True Story of the Dartmouth Murders</i>, with Dick Lehr, <i>Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey</i>, and <i>13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi</i>. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting, and the winner of numerous national awards as a reporter for <i>The Boston Globe</i>. He lives outside Boston.

2 13 Hours

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff & The Annex Security Team
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-09-09
Description :  <b>The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.</b><br />13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.<br /><br /> 13 HOURS sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Written by <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff, this riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country.<br /><br /> 13 HOURS is a stunning, eye-opening, and intense book--but most importantly, it is the truth. The story of what happened to these men--and what they accomplished--is unforgettable.

3 Frozen in Time

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-04-23
Description :  Frozen in Time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from Mitchell Zuckoff,&#xa0;the author of New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La.<br /><br />On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished.<br /><br />Frozen in Time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Mitchell Zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, through hurricane-force winds, vicious blizzards, and subzero temperatures.<br /><br />Moving forward to today, he recounts the efforts of the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. – led by indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza – who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight and recover the remains of its crew.<br /><br />A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure Mitchell Zuckoff's Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.

4 Judgment Ridge

Author : Dick Lehr & Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  True Crime  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2009-10-06
Description :  A riveting investigation of the brutal murders of two Dartmouth professors –– a book that, like In Cold Blood, reveals the chilling reality behind a murder that captivated the nation. On a cold night in January 2001, the idyllic community of Dartmouth College was shattered by the discovery that two of its most beloved professors had been hacked to death in their own home. Investigators searched helplessly for clues linking the victims, Half and Susanne Zantop, to their murderer or murderers. A few weeks later, across the river, in the town of Chelsea, Vermont, police cars were spotted in front of the house of high school senior Robert Tulloch. The police had come to question Tulloch and his best friend, Jim Parker. Soon , the town discovered the incomprehensible reality that Tulloch and Parker, two of Chelsea's brightest and most popular sons, were now fugitives, wanted for the murders of Half and Susanne Zantop. Authors Mitchell Zuckoff and Dick Lehr provide a vivid explication of a murder that captivated the nation, as well as dramatic revelations about the forces that turned two popular teenagers into killers. Judgement Ridge conveys a deep appreciation for the lives (and the devastating loss) of Half and Susanne Zantop, while also providing a clear portrait of the killers, their families, and their community –and, perhaps, a warning to any parent about what evil may lurk in the hearts of boys.

5 Lost in Shangri-La (Enhanced Edition)

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  Military  Books  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2011-04-26
Description :  “A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame withgreat gams, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read!" —Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic<br />&#xa0;<br />Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, and David Grann’s The Lost Cityof Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfullyrecounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery injungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.

6 Ponzi's Scheme

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Nonfiction  True Crime  Business & Personal Finance  Economics 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2005-03-08
Description :  You’ve heard of the scheme. Now comes the man behind it. In Mitchell Zuckoff's exhilarating book, the first nonfiction account of Charles Ponzi, we meet the charismatic rogue who launched the most famous and extraordinary scam in the annals of American finance.<b><br /></b><br />It was a time when anything seemed possible–instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury–and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors’ money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the “rob Peter to pay Paul” scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston. Ponzi’s Scheme is the amazing true story of the irresistible scoundrel who launched the most successful scheme of financial alchemy in modern history–and uttered the first roar of the Roaring Twenties.<br /><br />Ponzi may have been a charlatan, but he was also a wonderfully likable man. His intentions were noble, his manners impeccable, his sales pitch enchanting. Born to a genteel Italian family, he immigrated to the United States with big dreams but no money. Only after he became hopelessly enamored of a stenographer named Rose Gnecco and persuaded her to marry him did Ponzi light on the means to make his dreams come true. His true motive was not greed but love.<br /><br />With rich narrative skill, Mitchell Zuckoff conjures up the feverish atmosphere of Boston during the weeks when Ponzi’s bubble grew bigger and bigger. At the peak of his success, Ponzi was taking in more than $2 million a week. And then his house of cards came crashing down–thanks in large part to the relentless investigative reporting of Richard Grozier’s Boston Post<i>.</i> <br /><br />In Zuckoff's hands, Ponzi is no mere swindler; instead he is appealing and magnetic, a colorful and poignant figure, someone who struggled his whole life to attain great wealth and who sincerely believed–to the very end–that he could have made good on his investment promises if only he’d had enough time. <i>Ponzi</i> is a classic American tale of immigrant life and the dream of success, and the unexpectedly moving story of a man who–for a fleeting, illusory moment–attained it all.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

7 Robert Altman

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  TV  Books  Arts & Entertainment  History  United States  Biographies & Memoirs  Performing Arts 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  Robert Altman—visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend—comes roaring to life in this rollicking oral biography.&#xa0; After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a stint flying bombers in World War II, and jobs ranging from dog tattoo entrepreneur to television director, Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with <i>M*A*S*H</i>. He reinvented American filmmaking, and went on to produce such masterpieces as <i>McCabe &amp; Mrs. Miller, Nashville</i>, <i>The Player, Short Cuts,</i> and <i>Gosford Park</i>. In <i>Robert Altman</i>, Mitchell Zuckoff has woven together Altman’s final interviews; an incredible cast of voices including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, among scores of others; and contemporary reviews and news accounts into a riveting tale of an extraordinary life.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

8 Frozen

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2015-07-14
Description :  Il 5 novembre 1942, in piena Seconda guerra mondiale, un aereo americano con cinque uomini a bordo è costretto a un atterraggio d'emergenza sui ghiacci della Groenlandia. Ingannevole fin dal nome, che significa Terra verde, la Groenlandia è una spessa coltre bianca che di verde non ha nulla. Inospitale anche perché soggetta alla Danimarca, che ora è nelle mani dei nazisti. Poco tempo dopo anche l'aereo inviato in soccorso, un B-17, soccombe a una tempesta. I nove uomini dell'equipaggio si trovano catapultati nell'inferno artico. Una seconda missione di salvataggio scompare invece letteralmente con i suoi tre uomini, senza lasciare tracce. Per cinque mesi i quattordici sopravvissuti devono combattere contro il gelo in attesa di nuovi soccorsi. Lottando contro fame e paura, depressione e solitudine, avendo come unico riparo caverne di ghiaccio o il moncone di un aereo, gli uomini aspettano una salvezza che si fa sempre meno certa. Non sanno ancora che la loro vita è in mano a un uomo, un eroe, che rifiuta di abbandonarli e mette a punto un piano folle per trarli in salvo. <br /> Basato su accurate ricerche e sulla spedizione compiuta dallo stesso autore sui luoghi della tragedia, alla ricerca dell'aereo scomparso, <i>Frozen</i> è un mix mozzafiato di avventura, mistero, eroismo e sopravvivenza.<br /><br /> <b>«Zuckoff è un abile scrittore e reporter, ma ciò che conferisce forza a <i>Frozen</i> è la commovente e persuasiva descrizione di uomini alle prese con l'estremo.» <i>The Wall Street Journal</i><br /><br /> «Le pagine si divorano mentre le settimane diventano mesi. L'abilità di Zuckoff tiene il lettore nella suspense fino alla fine.» <i>The Boston Globe</i></b>

9 Ztraceni v Shangri-La

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-01-01
Description :  Vyhlídkový let nad novoguinejskou džunglí se proměnil v boj o život. Katastrofu se podařilo přežít jen trojici pasažérů ze skupiny, jež se v květnu 1945 vydala na vyhlídkový let nad nádherné a tajemné údolí Shangri-La ležící uprostřed nepřístupných hor, obývané domorodci, o nichž se věřilo, že jsou lovci lebek a kanibalové. Seržantce Margaret Hastingsové nezbylo nic jiného než si nazout boty mrtvé kolegyně, nadporučík John McCollom, otřesený smrtí svého bratra-dvojčete, maskoval žal stoickým klidem. Třetím z přeživších byl seržant Kenneth Decker, vážně popálený a s těžkým poraněním hlavy. Triu, obávajícímu se jak lovců lebek, tak japonských vojáků skrývajících se v džungli, nezbylo než se vydat dolů z hory na místo, kde by je mohl zachytit některý z pátracích letounů. Netušili ovšem, že je pochod přivede přímo do náruče primitivního domorodého kmene žijícího jako v době kamenné.

10 13 óra: Bengázi titkos katonái

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
Genre :  Middle East  Books  History 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-03-02
Description :  A Kadhafi-rendszer megbuktatása után Líbia második legnagyobb városában, Bengáziban, két amerikai létesítmény működött: a CIA kirendeltsége és egy kisebb diplomáciai képviselet. Mindkettőt civil jogállású fegyveresek, szerződéses magánvállalkozó operátorok és a Diplomáciai Védelmi Szolgálat ügynökei védték, minimális létszámmal.<br /><br /> 2012. szeptemberében, a 9/11-i támadások évfordulóján helybeli iszlámista fegyveresek lerohanták a diplomáciai képviselet épületcsoportját, és megpróbálkoztak a CIA-létesítmény bevételével is. A merénylet során meghalt az Egyesült Államok líbiai nagykövete, a külügy egy másik munkatársa, valamint két operátor. Az ügyből hatalmas, Barack Obama elnököt és Hillary Clinton külügyminisztert is érintő politikai botrány kerekedett Washingtonban.<br /><br /> Ez a könyv az életben maradt amerikai védők – a leszerelésük óta fegyveres biztonsági vállalkozók – szemszögéből meséli el a bengázi csatát, és bepillantást enged mind az anarchiába süllyedő Líbia életébe, mind az amerikai külpolitika napi gyakorlatába.<br /><br /> A kötetből 2016-ban Michael Bay rendezett nagy költségvetésű filmet John Krasinski, David Giuntoli, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, Max Martini és James Badge Dale főszereplésével.

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