The Feather Thief Pdf Summary
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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About Kirk W. Johnson Author Of The Feather Thief pdf Book
Author of The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast (August 9, 2022), The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century,” and To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind.”
Founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies.
The Feather Thief pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 23, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101981636
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101981634
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1 in Birdwatching Travel Guides
- #24 in Bird Field Guides
- #195 in True Crime (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 2,088 ratings
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