Carl Hoffman

"Savage Harvest: The Mysterious Disappearance of Michael Rockefeller--Solved"

Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7:00 pm

Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas

Co-sponsored by the Department of Mass Communication

Since 1961, the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller has intrigued and mystified people across the globe.  Did he drown?  Was he attacked by a shark or crocodile?  Or was he killed by natives?  In Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest, New York Times best-selling author Carl Hoffman provides a convincing answer.  His striking page turner was one of the Washington Post’s 50 notable books of 2014 and the number one non-fiction book of 2014 on  To discover just what happened to the scion of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Hoffman traveled to New Guinea, learned Indonesian, and even lived with a tribe of former headhunters.  He argues that immersing himself into Asmat culture allowed him to learn the ultimate fate of Michael Rockefeller, a young man who traveled half-way around the world seeking primitive art, especially woodcarvings, and paid the ultimate price.  Hoffman is the author of two other books: The Lunatic Express: Discovering the World via Its Most Dangerous Buses, Boats, Trains and Planes; and The Last Wild Man of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure.  A prolific writer, Hoffman is a former contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler and Wired magazines.  His work has also been published in magazines ranging from Men’s Journal to the Smithsonian.