Brown University

Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Quest for Primitive Art

by Carl Hoffman
Wm. Morrow & Co., March 2014   ISBN: 978-006211615-4
Price: $26.99

"A true-life mystery that has intrigued Carl Hoffman for years, Michael Rockefeller's disappearance was written off as a drowning in Papua New Guinea in 1961.  His research turns up new clues that he follows to the Asmat who live where Michael disappeared while collecting 'primitive' art.  Hoffman not only unravels the mystery of Michael Rockefeller, but learns about the customs and world-view of the Asmat by living with them.  An intriguing tale that encompasses world politics, Western art acquisition, and the desire to understand others, not just conquer them."--Reviewed by Percy

For an interesting pairing, check out Euphoria by Lily King (pub. Atlantic Monthly Press, June 2014), a fictionalized story of anthropologists in the 1930s set in the same area.--Percy

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