May 21, 2013 — On an icy night in 1984, a commuter plane crashed in the wilderness. Six passengers died, but four survived: the pilot, a politician, a policeman and a prisoner. Carol Shaben's Into the Abyss describes their fight to make it through that frigid night alive.
Jun 8, 2012 — Mitchell Zuckoff's Lost in Shangri-La, a World War II rescue adventure, debuts at No. 9.
May 21, 2012 — For Nancy Pearl, beach reading doesn't mean light reading. NPR's go-to librarian has dug up a diverse mix of titles old and new — a selection of mystery, memoir and more — that will leave you with some substantial summer reading.
May 2, 2012 — Next week, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol finally arrives in paperback, along with Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton's memoir, journalist Fareed Zakaria's update on the post-American world, journalist Annie Jacobsen's look inside a top secret U.S. military base, and journalist Mitchell Zuckoff's true tale of the survivors in a WWII plane crash.
Aug 4, 2011 — Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-Two Days, And Insurmountable Odds—The Classic Adventure Of Survival In The Andes by Piers Paul Read. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 26, 2011 — In May 1945, a plane carrying 24 men and women crashed into a hidden valley in New Guinea. There were only three survivors. Journalist Mitchell Zuckoff tells the remarkable story of their rescue in Lost In Shangri-La.
Mar 4, 2008 — A Lufthansa Airlines flight attempting to land in Germany on Saturday got caught in strong cross-winds. Passengers experienced a frightening ride as the aircraft tipped and the wing scraped the runway. The pilot brought the plane back into the air and made a successful landing the second time around.
Jun 2, 2006 — Lucia Silva of Portrait of a Bookstore in Los Angeles, Calif., recommends Birds in Fall by Brad Kossler in her conversation about summer reading with Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition. It "blossoms from inconceivable tragedy into an uncontrived mosaic of love, loss, and simple grace."