The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century


Super Savings Item! Save 37% on the The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Penguin Books at SADC Network. MPN: 54005647. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. As heard on NPR's This American Life“Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air“One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —Christian Science MonitorA rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid


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As heard on NPR's This American Life“Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air“One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —Christian Science MonitorA rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief.On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness.Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

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Manufacturer:
Penguin Books
Category:
Outdoor Recreation
MPN:
54005647
Release Date:
2019-04-23
EAN:
9781101981634
ISBN:
1101981636
Edition:
Reprint
Part Number:
54005647
Author:
Kirk Wallace Johnson
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Publication Date:
2019-04-23
Binding:
Paperback
Item Weight:
0.6 pounds
Item Size:
8.44 x 0 x 5.5 inches
Package Weight:
0.7 pounds
Package Size:
5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches

 


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