Saturday, July 20, 2013


Tom Brokaw called the men and women of World War II The Greatest Generation and wrote a book with the same title.  He saluted the men and women who went to war and watched over the home front.

The Monrovia Public Library has some has many intriguing books about World War II. Two books by the same author, Mitchell Zuckoff, have been chosen as some of the best books of the years they were published.  With a great flair for finding and telling little known tales from that era, Zuckoff knows how to place the reader in the middle of the action.

Zuckoff’s 2011 book Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, And the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II will appeal to history buffs and adventure readers. A gripping and true survival story, this is about another plane crash at the end of World War II -  in the New Guinea jungle. Of the twenty-four U.S. military members on board, three survive—a WAC, a young lieutenant whose twin is killed in the crash and an injured sergeant.  The author captures each character and tells the vivid story in a nail-biting page-turner.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and the Modern Quest for the Heroes of World War II, published in 2013, is the thrilling survival story of a cargo plane that crash lands in Greenland in 1942.  The planes and crews sent to rescue the downed plane do not reach it—one crashes and the second disappears.  Here the author tries to solve the mystery of what happened to the second rescue team and gives a personal account of the courageous current-day expedition that tried to find that missing rescue plane.

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