Reviews and Praise for Savage Harvest

“Carl Hoffman, who with his 2010 book The Lunatic Express demonstrated himself to be a traveler of the greatest courage and determination, as well as a writer of skill, has now made a significant contribution to history. Savage Harvest [is] a narrative that is as exciting as it is instructive…. a remarkable testament to the revealed truth….”

Simon Winchester

“Savage Harvest is a gripping read…. Hoffman [has] erected a solid foundation of reporting that … is likely to make this the definitive account.”

“In his terrific … new book … journalist Carl Hoffman … reopens the case, traveling to New Guinea and coming back with a riveting tale. 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, between the scion of the most powerful family on Earth and a group of people who did not care at all about his money, power and influence. In the course of solving one mystery, he reveals the existence of another, far deeper one.”

“…an expertly told tale that is begging for a film adaptation…. While the truth of Rockefeller’s disappearance may never be known, Hoffman deserves much credit for this riveting, multilayered tale.”.”

“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. But it’s also a meditation on the need to connect and belong, an exploration into secrecy and the unknowable yearnings of the heart. 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 tremendous accomplishment–easily one of the best books I read this year. I was so wrapped up that I invented excuses not to hang out with my kids in order to keep moving forward with the tale. Carl Hoffman’s acute eye for detail is something to envy, as is his ability to stitch together an absorbing narrative about what is essentially an alien realm. And that closing passage, in which his outwardly genial hosts reveal their true fears, will stick with me for a long, long time.”

--Brendan I. Koerner, The Skies Belong To Us

“Not only has Carl Hoffman helped solve one of the great mysteries of the last 50 years, he has also written a page turner that brings vividly to life the struggles an ancient culture under full-scale assault from the modern world. Hoffman’s power of observation is informed by a depth of empathy that is bound to make Savage Harvest an instant classic.”

--Scott Wallace, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes.

“By dint of grueling fieldwork, startling archival discoveries, revelatory visits with a Dutch missionary relieved to break his 50-year silence, profound insights, and muscular writing, Hoffman tells the unforgettable story of a soothing and politically expedient cover-up and a brutal and tragic collision of cultures.”

--Booklist, Starred Review

“A searching, discomfiting journey yields an elegant, memorable report.”

--Kirkus, Starred Review

“… an intelligent and significant piece of journalism.”

“Carl Hoffman’s carefully researched, oddly evocative and beautifully written book Savage Harvest traces Rockefeller’s final journey as well as the author’s quest to try to tell the definitive story of what happened to the young man.”

“…remarkable…. stunning…”