I think I expected this story to be more extraordinary than it actually was. Not to detract from what the people involved actually went though - my criticism is more with the presentation and marketing of the book itself than anything else. Given the blurb on the book and the snippets of critics reviews, I think I expected more of a life-and-death struggle than actually proved to be the case. The description of the tribes as 'cannibalistic', for example, which, whilst true, was only a very small part of their culture, and the tribes were not a threat to the survivors of the plane crash in the end. Or the presence of Japanese troopers on the island, who never actually made any appearance. I think someone is guilt of 'bigging up' this story, which I find lamentable, since it's a very good, very exciting story without needing to resort to exaggeration.
This book to my mind was more an issue of logistics than anything else - how to rescue the survivors and the medics and paratroopers from an inaccessible valley - than it is a story of survival in desperate circumstances. That part of the story is really over by the time the medics parachute in to the valley, and the rest is all about the rescue operation. It is still a fascinating tale, and the eventual plan, using gliders and snatchers, was incredibly daring. Not something I'd have wanted to live through! But I'm not sure that the actual event was really quite as extraordinary as the book claims. One suspects that part of the reason this event in history had been forgotten is because when you really boil it down it's not so extraordinary, not in comparison to many other such incidents.