Among the Headhunters: An Extraordinary WWII Story of Survival in the Burmese Jungle
By Robert Lyman. Flying the notorious “Hump” route between India and China in 1943, a twin-engine plane crashed in a dense mountain jungle, deep within Japanese-held territory.
Among the passengers was celebrated CBS journalist Eric Sevareid, an OSS operative who was also a Soviet double agent and Gen. “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell’s personal advisor.
Against the odds, all but one of the 21 people aboard the doomed aircraft survived. To this day it remains the largest civilian evacuation of an aircraft by parachute. But they fell from the frying pan into the fire.
The shocked survivors discovered that they had arrived in wild country dominated by notorious headhunters who practiced slavery and human sacrifice. Japanese soldiers lay close by, too.
Among the Headhunters tells—for the first time—the incredible true story of their amazing adventures.
Hardback, 304 pages