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The feather thief: beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century
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Published:
New York : Viking, c2018.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
308 pages ; 24 cm
Status:
Boulder Junction Adult Nonfiction
364.16 JOH pbk.
Description
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 Monitor

A 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 WoodsThe 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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Language:
English
ISBN:
110198161X, 9781101981610, 9780525559092, 0525559094, 9781101981634

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General Note
Nonfiction.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [255]-280 and [283]-289) and index.
Description
On a cool June evening in 2009, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier - and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? This is the gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Johnson, K. W. (2018). The feather thief: beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century. New York: Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Johnson, Kirk W.. 2018. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century. New York: Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Johnson, Kirk W., The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century. New York: Viking, 2018.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Johnson, Kirk W.. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century. New York: Viking, 2018. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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