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Book Review: Frozen In Time

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Mitchell Zuckoff's book Frozen in Time, is an epic drama in which heroism and the struggle for survival are intertwined with a challenging search decades later for those who lost that battle. Zuckoff's book tells a true story about a group of airmen who fight to stay alive for months on the Greenland Ice Cap with little shelter and treacherous weather conditions. This whole ordeal started when a U.S. cargo plane crashed into Greenland's unforgiving ice cap. Multiple search-and-rescue missions were launched, but most failed and many crashed onto the harsh ice cap as well. The most famous of which was the Grumman Duck, an amphibious plane that undertook several successful rescue missions ...view middle of the document...

The book was “riveting” and “captivating” according to reviews from Boston Globe, Toronto Star and the Dallas Morning News. The Christian Science Monitor brought up one critical point regarding the two different stories. According to their review, the 1942 story was amazingly written, detailed and had much more emotion than the author's personal account of the recovery mission in 2012. They felt that part of the fundraising for the recovery mission could easily have been left out since it distracts the reader from the harrowing survival story. But according to James Macgowan from the Toronto Star, “Zuckoff expertly intersperses the chapters about the rescue attempt with his own story and according to the Dallas Morning News' Steve Weinberg, “His dual narrative is a welcome change of pace from so many other World War II books. It is well-researched and superbly written...” Overall, the reviews overwhelmingly gave positive comments about Zuckoff's style and storytelling while the only criticism was that the modern quest for the Duck was no match for the gripping struggle of the stranded servicemen against the forces of Greenland's brutal, untamed land.

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