The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II (Paperback)

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November 1944: Their B-24 bomber shot down on what should have been an easy mission off the Borneo coast, a scattered crew of Army airmen cut themselves loose from their parachutes—only to be met by loincloth-wearing natives silently materializing out of the mountainous jungle. Would these Dayak tribesmen turn the starving airmen over to the hostile Japanese occupiers? Or would the Dayaks risk vicious reprisals to get the airmen safely home in a desperate game of hide-and-seek?

A cinematic survival story featuring a bamboo airstrip built on a rice paddy, a mad British major, and a blowpipe-wielding army that helped destroy one of the last Japanese strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is also a gripping tale of wartime heroism unlike any other you have read.

About the Author


JUDITH M. HEIMANN is a career diplomat and the author of The Most Offending Soul Alive. She spent seven years living in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and speaks Indonesian. She traveled to three continents and interviewed all the surviving Dayaks and airmen in her research for this book. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Brussels.

Praise For…


PRAISE FOR THE AIRMEN AND THE HEADHUNTERS
 
"With her title alone . . . Heimann rivets one’s attention."—The Washington Post Book World
 
"Heimann brings a visceral urgency to one of WWII's most unlikely tales . . . Along the way, she makes us—like the airmen—rethink our definitions of civilized and savage."—Entertainment Weekly


Product Details
ISBN: 9780156033251
ISBN-10: 0156033259
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: January 15th, 2009
Pages: 304
Language: English