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Airmen and the Headhunters By Judith M. Heimann

Airmen and the Headhunters
by Judith M. Heimann

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November 1944: Army airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what should have been an easy mission off the Borneo coast. Instead they found themselves unexpectedly facing a Japanese fleet - and were shot down. When they cut themselves loose from their parachutes, they were scattered across the island's mountainous interior.
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Airmen and the Headhunters by Judith M. Heimann

November 1944: Army airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what should have been an easy mission off the Borneo coast. Instead they found themselves unexpectedly facing a Japanese fleet - and were shot down. When they cut themselves loose from their parachutes, they were scattered across the island's mountainous interior. Then a group of loincloth-wearing natives silently materialized out of the 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? The tribal leaders' unprecedented decision led to a desperate game of hide-and-seek, and, ultimately, the return of a long-renounced ritual: head-hunting.A cinematic survival story that features 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 a gripping, you-are-there journey into the remote world and forgotten heroism of the Dayaks.

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Airmen and the Headhunters Reviews


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

About Judith M. Heimann


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.

Additional information

GOR003861741
Airmen and the Headhunters by Judith M. Heimann
Judith M. Heimann
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Harcourt Publishers,U.S.
2007-10-08
320
0156033259
9780156033251
N/A
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