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In May 1945, a quick sight-seeing flight over a lush hidden valley in New Guinea ends in a plane crash. Of the 24 military personnel on board, only three survive–a member of the Women’s Army Core, a young soldier whose twin brother died in the crash, and a severely injured sargeant. The survivors are lost on the dense jungle floor in territory that was known to be the home to cannibalistic tribes. Could they be rescued? You can read this excerpt (it’s after the story transcript) of Mitchell Zuckoff’s riveting book written from interviews, film footage, and other primary sources, but you will have to read the whole book this summer to find out what happens.