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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 World War II, 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.
Awards and honors
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.
- 2019 Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11
- 2014 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi, ISBN 1455582271
- 2013 Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II, ISBN 0062133438
- 2011 Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, ISBN 0061988340
- 2009 Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, ISBN 0307267687
- 2005 Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, ISBN 1400060397
- 2003 with Dick Lehr: Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders, ISBN 0060008458
- 2002 Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey, ISBN 0807028169
William Theissen (September 24, 2018). "The Last of the Coast Guard's MIAs". Maritime Executive. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
The burial of the aircraft under seventy years of snowfall and the movement of the ice in which it is embedded have hampered these search efforts. The story of Pritchard and Bottoms and the attempts to find them served as the focus of the 2013 bestseller book “Frozen in Time” by Mitchell Zuckoff. In 2014, the Coast Guard Academy inducted Pritchard into its Hall of Heroes while Bottoms has been honored as the namesake for a new Fast Response Cutter.
- "WorldCat listing for book". Worldcat.org. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
- 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
- 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.
- "Judgment Ridge : the true story behind the Dartmouth murders (Book, 2003)". WorldCat.org. December 6, 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
- "Choosing Naia : a family's journey (Book, 2002)". [WorldCat.org]. January 17, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
- Review, by M. Jones The New York Times Book Review, 107, Part 50 (2002): 26