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    DescriptionThe mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd been killed and ceremonially eaten by the local Asmat-a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, head hunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family denied the story, and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. Yet doubts lingered. Sensational rumors and stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told-until now. Retracing Rockefeller's steps, award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea, immersing himself in a world of headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, and getting to know generations of Asmat. Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered never-before-seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publically after fifty years. In Savage Harvest he finally solves this decades-old mystery and illuminates a culture transformed by years of colonial rule, whose people continue to be shaped by ancient customs and lore. Combining history, art, colonialism, adventure, and ethnography, Savage Harvest is a mesmerizing whodunit, and a fascinating portrait of the clash between two civilizations that resulted in the death of one of America's richest and most powerful scions.


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    Title
    Savage Harvest
    Subtitle
    A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carl Hoffman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 521 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780062116154
    ISBN 10: 0062116150
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1960
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1M
    BISAC V2.8: BIO013000, HIS053000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/OCEANA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 11
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000
    B&T Approval Code: A33010200, A15700000, A02460000
    Abridged Dewey: 995
    DC22: 995
    BIC subject category V2: 1M
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: DU744.35.A82 H64 2014
    BISAC region code: 6.2.3.0.0.0.0
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: WTH, NH
    DC23: 995.1
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1M
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    WILLIAM MORROW
    Publication date
    08 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Carl Hoffman is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and the author of The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains, and Planes, which was named one of the ten best books of 2010 by the Wall Street Journal, and Hunting Warbirds: The Obsessive Quest for the Lost Aircraft of World War II. He has won four Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation and one North American Travel Journalists Association Award. A veteran journalist, Hoffman has traveled to more than seventy countries on assignment for Outside, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, ESPN The Magazine, the Wall Street Journal Magazine, Wired, and many other publications. He is a native of Washington, D.C., and the father of three children.
    Review quote
    "[Hoffman's] reporting takes hold, drawing a vivid portrait of the world of the Asmat people, hunter-gatherers who lived in isolation until the mid-20th century. Gripping." -- New York Times Book Review "In an expertly told tale that is begging for a film adaptation, Hoffman crafts a remarkable, balanced examination of this sensational case... [He] deserves much credit for this riveting, multilayered tale." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "With urgency boarding on obsession, Carl Hoffman retraces Rockefeller's perilous footsteps. The result is a hypnotic journey into otherness, a wild detective story amid cannibals and headhunters. A thrilling, one-of-a-kind tale -I couldn't stop reading." -- Andrew McCarthy, The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down "A bare-knuckle, adventure-filled journey in search of the answer to a half-century-old cold case: Whatever happened to Nelson Rockefeller's son, Michael? ... A searching, discomfiting journey yields an elegant, memorable report." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A tremendous accomplishment-easily one of the best books I read this year. Carl Hoffman's acute eye for detail is something to envy. And that closing passage will stick with me for a long, long time." -- Brendan I. Keorner, The Skies Belong To Us: Love and Terror in the Golden age of Hijacking "Not only has Carl Hoffman helped solve one of the great mysteries of the last 50 years, he has also written a page turner. An instant classic." -- Scott Wallace, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribe "A gripping whodunit... a powerful book that succeeds in solving a half-century-old mystery." -- Wall Street Journal "Terrific ... What's surprising about this book is not the revelation of Rockefeller's fate but rather the author's portrayal of a unique cultural encounter." -- Washington Post "Hoffman is an intelligent writer... [the]best kind of non-fiction writing." -- The Globe and Mail "Compelling. Intoxicating. Sensational. Savage Harvest is a great read, as long as you're not eating lunch." -- Newsweek "A gripping read ... he's erected a solid foundation of reporting that goes far beyond what the rest of us did and is likely to make this the definitive account." -- Tim Sohn, Slate "Richly detailed ... nail-biting expose...Savage Harvest fascinates for the mystery it aims to solve as well as its portrait of an isolated but changing way of life." -- Chicago Tribune