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

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Hoffman’s tale of two Westerners in Borneo encapsulates radically different Western responses to relatively untouched native lands. Some want to exploit them, and Hoffman explores this impulse in the story of Michael Palmieri, an American art dealer who made his fortune trading in artifacts, including sacred objects, from Borneo. By contrast, Bruno Manser, a Swiss environmentalist, was captivated by Borneo’s forests. He lived with the Penan tribe in Sarawak for fifteen years, helping them organize against the multinational logging corporations. In 2000, with a bounty on his head, Manser disappeared. Hoffman, who draws on interviews and his own extensive experience as a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, combines adventure, mystery, and crime for this troubling study of the clash of modernity and tradition.

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ISBN: 9780062439024
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Published: William Morrow - March 6th, 2018

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