Carrie Regan's "Rumors of Savages" is a wickedly funny, fast-paced depiction of a journalistic quest to find a tribe of savage headhunters in the depths of the African jungles. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down, howling my way through page after page. I've always found the old adage to be true that the best writing is grounded in personal experience. And as the action of this book cuts back and forth between the depths of the jungle and news headquarters in New York, Regan brings the full breadth of her experience as an intrepid television producer and later as a news executive to bear, bringing the story to life in vivid and credible detail. As a nonfiction author writing about uncontacted tribes in the Amazon, I confess to feeling mounting trepidation as I entered the world Regan so convincingly creates. Damn, I thought, why can't I write like this? And why can't I be just one-tenth as funny? News hounds and armchair adventures will be especially delighted, but anyone who appreciates a good read will enjoy this book. Bravissimo, Ms. Regan! I'm looking forward to the next.