Mitchell Zuckoff

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Mitchell Zuckoff

Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. His books include Lost in Shangri-La and 13 Hours (2014).


Zuckoff received a master's degree from the University of Missouri and is currently the Redstone journalism professor at Boston University. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.


13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi (2014) was co-written with the security team members who were involved in the 2012 Benghazi attack. It tells the story of the 13-hour Benghazi incident from the perspective of the security team who were involved in the fighting, without discussing later political controversies.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II (2013) is about a US military airplane that crashed on the Greenland glacier during WWII, the subsequent hunt for the plane and Zuckoff's own role in helping to find the plane buried in the ice decades later.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II (2011) is about a US military airplane called "The Gremlin Special", which crashed on May 13, 1945, in New Guinea, and the subsequent rescue of the survivors. Lost in Shangri-La won the Laurence L. & Thomas Winship/PEN New England Award and spent several months on The New York Times Best Seller list.

His earlier books include Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, and Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey. He is co-author with Dick Lehr of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders.

Zuckoff's magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fortune, and elsewhere.

Awards and honors[edit]

As a reporter at The Boston Globe, Zuckoff was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors' Public Service Award.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "WorldCat listing for book". Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Review, by David Thomson in The New Republic (October 21, 2009): 53–55; Review, by Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books. 57, no. 4, (2010): 29; Review, by Mark Harris The New York Times book review. (November 8, 2009): 29
  3. ^ Discussed on video,: C-SPAN Archives, 2005.; Review, by D Margolick The New York Times Book Review. 110, no. 15, (April 10, 2005): 19–24.
  4. ^ "Judgment Ridge : the true story behind the Dartmouth murders (Book, 2003)". December 6, 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Choosing Naia : a family's journey (Book, 2002)". []. January 17, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Review, by M. Jones The New York Times Book Review, 107, Part 50 (2002): 26

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