Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

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36 Critic Reviews

Much of the blow-by-blow narrative concerns the plight of the crews, as well as the elaborate outfitting for the Duck Hunt. An exhaustively layered but exciting account involving characters of enormous courage and stamina.
-Kirkus

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Frozen in Time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La.

On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished.

Frozen in Time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Mitchell Zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, through hurricane-force winds, vicious blizzards, and subzero temperatures.

Moving forward to today, he recounts the efforts of the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. – led by indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza – who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight and recover the remains of its crew.

A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure Mitchell Zuckoff's Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.

 

About Mitchell Zuckoff

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Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Robert Altman: The Oral Biography; Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend; and Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey, and is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders. Zuckoff is a former special projects reporter for the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He lives outside Boston with his wife, Boston Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter, and their two daughters.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Harper. 416 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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All: 36 | Positive: 34 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Feb 24 2013

Much of the blow-by-blow narrative concerns the plight of the crews, as well as the elaborate outfitting for the Duck Hunt. An exhaustively layered but exciting account involving characters of enormous courage and stamina.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 11 2013

Zuckoff’s gripping narrative unfolds with immediacy and verve as men in fetid snow caves and sputtering aircraft pit their dogged camaraderie and desperate, white-knuckle improvisations against the fury of an Arctic winter.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on May 07 2013

Mr. Zuckoff wrote an intense narrative of thrilling adventures of hope and survival, well-researched and dramatic with a modern twist.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Howard Schneider on Apr 26 2013

....greatly moving are the crew's altruism and that of the rescue units, whose members, despite the weather, were ferociously determined to find their downed colleagues and bring them to safety.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Stephen Lyons on Jun 12 2013

Zuckoff’s portrayal of Sapienza is a study of singular obsession. His successful attempt to get funding and logistics support from the Coast Guard to return to Greenland and search for the missing plane is a testament to persistence.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by James Macgowan on May 03 2013

Zuckoff’s narrative skills makes it easy to get wrapped up in the quest for the Duck and her crew. So much so, that it would be a disservice to both the reader and Zuckoff to reveal the fate of all those bodies frozen...Zuckoff may not be Krakauer, but this taut, suspense-filled thriller shows he doesn’t need to be.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Tina Jordan on Apr 26 2013

In this true-life nail-biter, Frozen in Time, — as nimbly paced as a novel — Zuckoff toggles between the events of 1942--43 and 2012, when he documented a quest to locate the Duck's wreckage.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
Reviewed by Ben Frederick on May 17 2013

Zuckoff is a masterful writer when he keeps a journalistic distance from his subjects and allows his research to speak for itself, but a memoirist he ain’t.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on May 02 2013

Zuckoff is a good writer and rigorous researcher. In a dramatic story that easily could be hyped, he writes that "no liberties were taken with facts, dialogue, characters, or chronology." (None of the men rescued in 1942 are still alive.)

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The Boston Globe

Above average
Reviewed by Matthew Price on Apr 27 2013

Mitchell Zuckoff has a nose for the classic adventure story...Will they ever get home safely? Zuckoff’s mastery keeps readers wondering all the way to the end.

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The Seattle Times

Good
Reviewed by David B. Williams on Apr 29 2013

Zuckoff has produced a wonderful book that combines telling details, thoughtful background and vivid storytelling into a fascinating tale of courage, war and perseverance.

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The Seattle Times

Good
Reviewed by David B. Williams on Apr 28 2013

Zuckoff has produced a wonderful book that combines telling details, thoughtful background and vivid storytelling into a fascinating tale of courage, war and perseverance.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Joseph Kanon on Jun 07 2013

It’s a chapter of small businesses, Rotarian awards, city council meetings, the Boy Scouts — just what Rockwell liked to paint. Zuckoff makes us feel lucky to have had such men. They are lucky to have him to tell their remarkable story.

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Seattle PI

Good
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on May 08 2013

Zuckoff has an uncanny ability to tell a story in a personal, yet comprehensive way, which leaves the reader yearning for more.

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Schaumburg Township District Library

Good
Reviewed by staff member on Oct 18 2013

A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure Mitchell Zuckoff’s Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.

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Greenwich Patch

Good
Reviewed by Gordon Hastings on Jun 26 2013

The dimension of this gripping survival story is enhanced with the telling of the parallel expedition that took place in 2012, to find the wreckage of the U.S. Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue plane and to return home the remains of the heroic crew.

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Booking Mama

Above average
Reviewed by Julie P on Jun 13 2013

FROZEN IN TIME is a book that will appeal to all readers but will be of particular interest to those interested in World War II stories.

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on May 30 2013

With its historical context and modern-day search-and-recovery mission as well as its quick pacing and easy-going narrative, Frozen in Time appeals to a wide audience and would make a great gift to share with others.

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Reviewed by Edward Morris on May 01 2013

Because so much of this narrative takes place against an unvarying backdrop of snow and ice, and because there are no real “villains” to heighten tension, Frozen in Time doesn’t have quite the same expansive, edge-of-your-seat quality that Lost in Shangri-La possesses.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on May 24 2013

Cutting between past and present Zuckoff brings to life this phenomenal story. I could feel the cold seep into my bone as the men were stranded yet another day. And the desperation of those determined to save them.

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Devourer of Books

Above average
on Aug 16 2013

If you are into search and rescue or WWII military operations you may be more intrigued in this story than I was, but regardless it is a solid work of nonfiction.

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http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com

Good
on Nov 14 2013

Yo, this book is intense as in ‘in ten cities’ intense. If you like your non-fiction to be in the narrative style, you will love this book.

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Sophisticated Dorkiness

Excellent
Reviewed by Kim on Apr 29 2013

Frozen in Time is just a great book, especially if you’re a reader looking for nonfiction that is entertaining and easy to read. Despite the grim topic, I couldn’t put this book down.

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Under My Apple Tree

Good
Reviewed by Leslie on Jul 19 2013

Zuckoff has expertly pieced together the events of the crash to create a riveting account, one that reads like an adventure story. Recommended, especially for those who enjoy WWII history and real life adventure stories.

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Shelf Love

Good
Reviewed by Teresa on May 04 2013

I liked Zuckoff’s previous book, Lost in Shangri-La, quite a lot, and, aside from the sometime tedium of the present-day narrative, I think I enjoyed this even more. Cold-weather survival stories get to me, and this is a good one.

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Rated Reads

Good
Reviewed by Craig Smith on Jun 28 2014

Zuckoff has crafted a taut, finely told tale from a forgotten corner of the last world war. His talent forces the reader to ignore regular household duties to continue with the spellbinding account; it is hard to believe this is not fiction.

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Between The Covers

Good
Reviewed by Heather on May 09 2013

Frozen in Time is very well written and Zuckoff made me feel like I was actually there, witnessing everything that happened in 1942-43. I felt the cold, the frustration, the hunger, and the innumerable other obstacles the men of the B-17 had to conquer in order to survive.

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BookNAround

Above average
Reviewed by Kristen on Apr 24 2013

World War II buffs will certainly appreciate it but other armchair travelers will also find themselves captivated by the hellish Greenland winter, the dire circumstances of the men, and the terrible or wonderful consequences that befell every man...

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Good
on May 02 2013

Frozen in Time is a tragic story as well as one of bravery and heroism. Men did die, becoming Greenland's victims. But men also survived, making this a story of hope as well.

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Reviews From The Heart

Excellent
Reviewed by Heart2Heart on May 07 2013

If you love true survival stories against all the odds, then you will definitely want to pick this one up. Hands down one of the best books I've read this year and hope this one gets pick up by the motion picture industry or reality television.

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TLC Book Tours

Good
on Mar 27 2013

Drawing on intensive research and Zuckoff ’s firsthand account of the dramatic 2012 expedition, Frozen in Time is a breathtaking blend of mystery, adventure, heroism, and survival.

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Wordsmithonia

Good
Reviewed by Ryan on Apr 30 2013

The way he weaves the three crash stories together, two of which are a direct result of the first, is seamless. There is a rhythm to the events and to his narrative that carries the reader along...

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Books And Movies

Good
Reviewed by Carrie K on Jun 18 2013

This book is a non-stop page-turner, and that is a huge accomplishment for a work of non-fiction, at least for this reader. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but when I do, I want to be pulled into the story as deeply as if I was reading a novel. Zuckoff has done that with Frozen in Time.

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Library of Clean Reads

Good
Reviewed by Laura on May 13 2013

This was a suspenseful read. I could feel the relentless cold, hear the howling wind through the many snowstorms and feel the fear as the men had to trudge through snow and watch out for hidden crevasses that were bottomless. I kept marveling at the men's resilience and ingenuity.

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Reviewed by Amanda on May 08 2013

Highly recommended for those who have an interest in history, aviation, or a tale that takes place in one of the most inhospitable locations on the planet.

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http://www.publiusonline.com

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Reviewed by Daniel Burton on May 16 2013

A modern-day treasure hunt, not for gold, but for men lost in the greatest quest–to save their fellow-man–Frozen in Time is a fast and enjoyable read, full of suspense, mystery, tragedy, and victory.

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