The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure


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William Morrow & Company
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6.6 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Carl Hoffman is the author of the New York Times bestseller Savage Harvest, hailed as a "masterpiece" by Outside and named a New York Times editors' choice and one of the Washington Post's 50 notable works of nonfiction for 2014, as well as The Lunatic Express. He is a former contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler and Wired, and has traveled on assignment to eighty countries.


"The Last Wild Men of Borneo is the best book about the 'Western hunger for Eastern solace, ' as Carl Hoffman neatly puts it, you'll probably ever read. ... Eloquent."--William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Barbarian Days
"A marvelously told and important story: Carl Hoffman guides us on a compelling and disturbing journey in the footsteps of two Western adventurers who penetrated to the wildest heart of Borneo."--Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
"I finished The Last Wild Men of Borneo in one long delicious gulp. ... A shimmering cornucopia of adventure, biography, mystery, tragedy."--Nicholas Shakespeare, author of Bruce Chatwin and In Tasmania
"Carl Hoffman's thrilling The Last Wild Men of Borneo explores both the allure and dangers of the world's most untamed environment. A mesmerizing tale of two men who break their bonds with civilization in pursuit of deeper meaning - and the tragedy that befalls one of them."--Joshua Hammer, author of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
"An expertly wrought tale of exploration, adventure and mischief. ... Hoffman does an excellent job entering the worlds and minds of two men who did not fit in and who carved out their own destinies. ... At once cautionary and inspiring; adventure travel at its best."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Compelling and haunting, a story of lofty ideals and base desires, a deeply personal story written by a man who loves Borneo and who struggles to understand the forces that threaten to tear it apart."--Booklist (starred review)
"A deeply informative anthropological study disguised as an adventure tale."--Publishers Weekly
"Compelling. ... A first-rate adventure story. ... Part of the magic of this book [is] that in the hazy equatorial air of a place peopled by such outsized characters, anything was possible."--Outside magazine
"A work of remarkable empathy, not only with the two hard-charging Westerners but also with the indigenous people they cultivated. ... Quite a story--exciting, funny and tragic--and Hoffman tells it extraordinarily well."--Washington Post
"A true, jaw-dropping story that pulls you in with a shiver. ... Using great details in these parallel narratives and a perfectly-worked ending, Hoffman carefully preserves two mysteries: one with a contented life, and one in death."-- QC Times
"[Hoffman] paints a vivid character portrait of the two adventurers while detailing the incredible splendor of the unique region. ... An exciting tale of Borneo's rich history and two modern-day treasure hunters who followed their dreams."--BookPage
"A real-life adventure tale sure to delight fans of David Grann (The Lost City of Z) and Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air, Into the Wild)."--Christian Science Monitor
"Fascinating. ... [Hoffman] knows how to tell a suspenseful story."--Columbus Dispatch
"A gifted, suspenseful storyteller. ... Compelling."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Compelling. ... Hoffman has a journalist's nose for a good story and he writes with an assuredness that makes for a good read. This is a tale of high adventure, of exotic lands, risky escapades, narrow escapes, and rich rewards."--Jakarta Post