A bit different to ‘Mad White Giant’, the goal of Allen’s expedition represented here was ‘total immersion’. When you read about Benedict Allen, you’ll inevitably hear about the scars gained after enduring a rites of passage initiation ceremony with a tribe in the heart of New Guinea, this book tells that story in detail. Reading about the ceremony is intense and it provides an honest view of something otherwise not recorded. Even prior to joining the crocodile worhsipping tribe Allen’s tale of New Guinea is exciting as he comes across hostile groups within the jungle. The book is undoubtedly a good first taste for anyone thinking about using ‘hardcore anthropology’ as a way of enriching their travels.