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Frozen in Time
An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
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#1 New York Times bestsellerFrozen in Time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost...
#1 New York Times bestsellerFrozen in Time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost...
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  • #1 New York Times bestseller

    Frozen in Time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

 

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  • Mitchell Zuckoff is the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University. He covered 9/11 for the Boston Globe, and wrote the lead news story on the day of the attacks. Zuckoff is the author of seven previous nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller "13 Hours," which became the basis of the Paramount Pictures movie of the same name. As a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting and the winner of numerous national awards. He lives outside Boston with his family.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 11, 2013
    In this harrowing true-life adventure, journalist Zuckoff (Lost in Shangri-La) follows the crew of an American B-17 bomber that crash-landed in 1942—while searching for another downed plane—on a vast glacier in the Greenland ice cap, one of the most isolated and inhospitable places on earth. With little food or cold-weather gear and an assortment of nasty injuries, the nine airmen found themselves trapped in a field of hidden, ever-shifting crevasses that threatened to swallow up their plane and made hiking even a few yards a mortal danger. Zuckoff juxtaposes their months-long battle against hurricane-blizzards, starvation, frost-bite, gangrene and madness with equally perilous rescue attempts by sled teams and military aviators flying through gales and white-outs. (His tense first-hand account of a 2012 expedition to locate the remains of one of those rescue flights buried in 30-foot-deep ice frames the story.) Zuckoff’s gripping narrative unfolds with immediacy and verve as men in fetid snow caves and sputtering aircraft pit their dogged camaraderie and desperate, white-knuckle improvisations against the fury of an Arctic winter. Photos.

  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2012

    The author of the best-selling Lost in Shangri-La recounts the November 1942 crash of a U.S. cargo plane into the Greenland Ice Cap, the loss of the B-17 sent to find it, and the loss of a Grumman Duck amphibious plane that had managed to rescue one B-17 crew member. The remaining crew endured 148 days of Arctic winter before finally being rescued. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Howard Schneider, Wall Street Journal Frozen in Time is an "excellent, affecting" book of "considerable suspense.... [Zuckoff'] is a skilled writer, reporter and researcher, but what gives his latest book its power is his poignant, persuasive depiction of men under arms."
  • Washington Post "This is not a genre known for literary style, but Zuckoff's clear-eyed prose does just what it needs to do.... He even manages to add a contemporary story...and stitch it into the historical narrative so deftly that one feeds the other."
  • Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today, 3.5/4 stars "Frozen in Time makes WWII history seem fresh.... [I]t's non-fiction that reads like a page-turner of a mystery. It's filled with heroism, tragedy and remarkable persistence, in the past and present..... Zuckoff is a good writer and rigorous researcher."
  • Matthew Price, Boston Globe "Mitchell Zuckoff has a nose for the classic adventure story.... As he details the bomber crew's odyssey...weeks stretch into months, but the pages fly by as you eagerly read on. Will they ever get home safely? Zuckoff's mastery keeps readers wondering all the way to the end."
  • People "The gripping story of a WWII-era plane crash, the survivors who braved subzero conditions, and the modern-day quest for answers."
  • Entertainment Weekly "A true-life nail-biter—as nimbly paced as a novel. Grade: A."
  • Entertainment Weekly "This stunningly immersive true-life account of a U.S. military search-and-rescue operation...reads like a stellar adventure novel."
  • David Williams, Seattle Times "Zuckoff has produced a wonderful book that combines telling details, thoughtful background and vivid storytelling into a fascinating tale of courage, war and perseverance."
  • Austin American-Statesman "If Lost in Shangri-La was a prize-winning page-turner, Frozen in Time is even more enthralling... a must-read."
  • Publishers Weekly(starred review) "Zuckoff's gripping narrative unfolds with immediacy and verve as men in fetid snow caves and sputtering aircraft pit their dogged camaraderie and desperate, white-knuckle improvisations against the fury of an Arctic winter."
  • Kirkus Reviews "An . . . exciting account involving characters of enormous courage and stamina."
  • Library Journal (starred review) "This tale of true heroism, human ingenuity, and sacrifice by ordinary people in the face of a bitter enemy is for anyone interested not only in World War II aviation or modern scientific techniques for locating missing aircraft, but in popular histories of real adventure."
  • BookPage "[A]n engaging testimony to perseverance, ingenuity and monumental self-sacrifice.... [Zuckoff is] astoundingly thorough in his research."
  • David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z "Once again, Mitchell Zuckoff has uncovered a thrilling historical tale and told it masterfully. Seamlessly interweaving the past and the present, Frozen in Time is one of those epic adventure stories that will hold you in its grip from beginning to end."
  • Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Hellhound on His Trail "FROZEN IN TIME is a beautifully-written war yarn, but at its heart, it's a non-fiction mystery—the tale of a group of heroes united in a desire to solve a riddle buried in the Arctic ice."
  • Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 "You would think that all the World War II stories have been told by now. But Mitchell Zuckoff has a remarkable knack for finding new ones, and he has done it again, with a gripping, moving tale, suspensefully told—whose final act takes place today."
  • Daily News "[F]ierce.... Mitchell Zuckoff recounts a harrowing tale of survival in Greenland during World War II.."
  • New York Post "[H]arrowing.... Zuckoff...[has] earned his literary reputation uncovering forgotten adventure stories."
  • Steve Weinberg, Dallas Morning News "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."

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