Author: Carl Hoffman
Publisher: William Morrow
On 21 November, 1961, Michael C. Rockefeller, the 23 year old son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, vanished off the coast of southwest Papua New Guinea when his boat capsized.
He was on a collecting expedition for the Museum of Primitive Art and his partner – who stayed with the boat and was later rescued – shared Michael’s final words as he swam for help: “I think I can make it.”
Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Michael was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumours surfaced that he’d made it to shore, where he was then killed by the local Asmat people.
The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family vehemently denied the story, and Michael’s death was officially ruled a drowning. But doubts lingered and sensational stories circulated, fuelling speculation and intrigue for decades.
Now, award winning journalist Carl Hoffman reveals new evidence which finally tells the full, astonishing story.
Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered hundreds of pages of never-before seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publicly for the first time in 50 years.
Now available in paperback, Savage Harvest is at once a mesmerising whodunit and a fascinating portrait of a clash between two civilisations that resulted in the death of one of America’s richest and most powerful scions.