Among the Headhunters: An Extraordinary World War II Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle

Among the Headhunters An Extraordinary World War II Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle Flying the notorious hump route between India and China in a twin engine plane suffered mechanical failure and crashed in a dense mountain jungle Among the passengers and crew were celebrated CB

  • Title: Among the Headhunters: An Extraordinary World War II Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle
  • Author: Robert Lyman
  • ISBN: 9780306824678
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Among the Headhunters: An Extraordinary World War II Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle

    Flying the notorious hump route between India and China in 1943, a twin engine plane suffered mechanical failure and crashed in a dense mountain jungle Among the passengers and crew were celebrated CBS journalist Eric Sevareid, a Soviet double agent posing as an OSS operative, and General Joseph Vinegar Joe Stilwell s personal political adviser Against the odds, allFlying the notorious hump route between India and China in 1943, a twin engine plane suffered mechanical failure and crashed in a dense mountain jungle Among the passengers and crew were celebrated CBS journalist Eric Sevareid, a Soviet double agent posing as an OSS operative, and General Joseph Vinegar Joe Stilwell s personal political adviser Against the odds, all but one of the twenty one people aboard the aircraft survived but they fell from the frying pan into the fire They landed in wild countryside dominated by the Nagas, notorious headhunters who routinely practiced slavery and human sacrifice Japanese soldiers lay close by, too, with their own brand of hatred for Americans Among the Headhunters is the first account of this incredible story.

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    One thought on “Among the Headhunters: An Extraordinary World War II Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle

    1. Philip

      Interesting but ultimately frustrating book. It got off to a 5-star start, as it dealt with at least four topics of personal interest: flying "the Hump;" the larger story of World War II in China; the history of the OSS; survival stories. And the first few chapters did a great job covering all this information, bouncing back and forth between the doomed flight itself and the bigger picture of American/OSS effforts in the "CBI" (China/Burma/India) war theater.But then the whole middle third of th [...]

    2. William Eckman

      I enjoyed this book, but very little of it involved the story described in the marketing blurb. The description of the plane disaster was dramatic, but once the passengers and pilots parachuted to the ground, the fearsome headhunters turned out to be pretty friendly, and there was no indication of Japanese soldiers anywhere in the area. One large section of the book was devoted to American concerns that the Chinese Nationalists were siphoning war aid into their own pockets or using it to fight c [...]

    3. Karla Eaton

      While this was an interesting tale of an adventure which I had never heard of, it was less than thrilling and at times too technical. I did enjoy the research which gave the reader primary source support from different perspectives.

    4. Kathy Lyons

      Not really about a story of survivalDisappointing - this book is not really about the survival story of a group of courageous men whose place crashed in the jungles, but is more a description of the political goings-on in that part of the world. A history of the Nagas natives, a description of China taking advantage of the US both militarily and financially figure more prominently in this book than the actual survival story. Poorly written and mis-titled!

    5. David

      On its own, this story barely rates a book and is filled out by a history of the British administration of this barely tamed area of Burma that is as long itself as the story of the crash and rescue. Somewhat interesting, but ultimately unsatisfying. Three stars only for the quality of the writing.

    6. Dale Singer

      I did not finish. why is a book that is supposed to be based during WWII talking about tribal chieftains from 200 years ago. History can be dull reading to start with so try staying focused on your intended topic.

    7. Rita

      When my grandson, John Neveu, was a sophomore in college, his professor gave the students an assignment that they were to write about an event in history that had not been written about previously. John chose the story of his grandfather Harry's crash of his C-46 into the Burmese jungle.It was an interesting but difficult choice of an event because it involved a lot of research about the crash, the people who were passengers in the plane, the location of the crash and descriptions of the Naga he [...]

    8. Bill Baar

      I just stumbled on this on the New Books shelf at the library. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the War in Burma, or Colonial India. Some interesting stuff on the administration of the tribal areas in Nagaland.

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