Frozen In Time: An Epic Story Of Survival And A Modern Quest For Lost Heroes Of World War Ii

Paperback | April 23, 2013

byMitchell Zuckoff

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Two harrowing crashes . . . A vanished rescue plane . . . A desperate fight for life in a frozen, hostile land . . . The quest to solve a seventy-year-old mystery

The author of the smash New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La delivers a gripping true story of endurance, bravery, ingenuity, and honor set in the vast Arctic wilderness of World War II and today.

On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men flew into a severe storm and vanished.

In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing disasters and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors. Frozen in Time places us at the center of a group of valiant airmen fighting to stay alive through 148 days of a brutal Arctic winter by sheltering from subzero temperatures and vicious blizzards in the tail section of the broken B-17 until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen attempts to bring them to safety.

But that is only part of the story that unfolds in Frozen in Time. In present-day Greenland, Zuckoff joins the U.S. Coast Guard and North South Polar—a company led by the indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza, who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight—on a dangerous expedition to recover the remains of the lost plane’s crew.

Drawing on intensive research and Zuckoff ’s firsthand account of the dramatic 2012 expedition, Frozen in Time is a breathtaking blend of mystery, adventure, heroism, and survival. It is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and their families—and a tribute to the important, perilous, and often-overlooked work of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Two harrowing crashes . . . A vanished rescue plane . . . A desperate fight for life in a frozen, hostile land . . . The quest to solve a seventy-year-old mysteryThe author of the smash New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La delivers a gripping true story of endurance, bravery, ingenuity, and honor set in the vast Arctic wilderne...

Mitchell Zuckoff is the author ofLost in Shangri-La, aNew York Timesbestseller and winner of the Winship/PEN New England Award. His previous books includeRobert Altman: The Oral BiographyandPonzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend. He has written for national and regional publications and is a former special projects report...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062269379

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! Another gem by Zuckoff as he retells the heroic efforts to rescue WWII airmen from the dangerous icecaps of Greenland. Battling Arctic storms, glacial crevasses, hunger, gangrene and despair, the tale of these brave men should be remembered by all. The story is mirrored by current efforts to exhume bodies and plane wreckage from the ice and repatriate the fallen. Zuckoff second book is a great testament to all the brave men and women who served. Read this book in a week as it was hard to put down.
Date published: 2013-04-24

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“First-rate.… His dual narrative is a welcome change of pace from so many other World War II books. It is well-researched and superbly written.”