summary The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
characters ↠ The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Rline the enduring and continuing importance of natural history collections and their incredible value to science We needbooks like this one ScienceThe best compliment I can give a nonfiction writer is that they make me care deeply about an obscure topic I would otherwise never have been interested in Thats the case with Kirk Wallace Johnsons The Feather Thief Eva HollandOutside The Best Summer Books A fascinating account of a bizarre crimeThe Feather Thiefis one of thepeculiar and gripping crime stories in recent memory LitHub CrimeReads The Essential True Crime Books of Spring Johnson succeeds in conveying the gravity of this natural history heist of the century and one of The Feather Thiefs greatest strengths is the excitement horror and amazement it evokes Its nonfiction that reads like fiction with plenty of surprising moments Outside A riveting read NatureA literary police sketchpart natural history yarn part detective story part the stuff of tragedySmithsonianWithin pages I was hooked This is a weird and wonderful bookJohnson is a master of pacing and suspenseIts a tribute to his storytelling gifts that when I turned the last page I felt bereft Maggie Fergusson The Spectator London A riveting story about mankinds undeniable desire to own natures beauty and a spellbinding examination of obsession greed and justicetold in engrossing detail Agripping page turner BustleEnthralling HelloGigglesRichly informative with handy illustrations endlessly fascinating and crackingly entertaining The Feather Thief is the kind of true crime narrative that gives Erik Larson s much lauded The Devil in the WhiteCity a run for the money Shelf AwarenessHighly entertainingjournalism at its bestIf you know nothing about fly fishing or tying it doesnt matter as long as you like a well written story Karen Gallagher The Balti Sun s Roughly SpeakingpodcastReads like a whodunitI could not put it downTom Rosenbauer TheOrvis Fly Fishing Guide PodcastThis is the type of book I absolutely love one that takes a seemingly obscure topic and shines a brilliant and bizarre and endlessly fascinating light upon it The crime itself is riveting but Kirk Wallace Johnsons portrayal of the crazy world of feather fanatics makes this an unforgettable readMichael Finkel author of The Stranger in the WoodsCaptivatingEverything the autho.read & download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ß Kirk Wallace Johnson
characters ↠ The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century AnBest Book of May The title of The Feather Thief smartly echoes Susan Orleans The Orchid Thief and The Feather Thief has good reason to compare itself to such an admired book Strange niches of history Obsessives who refuse to adhere to the law A writer who stumbles upon a story that becomes an obsession in its own right All these elements combust to create Johnson s investigation into the theft of rare bird skins from a British natural history museum While bird skins might sound like ahem dry reading Johnson knows just how to fascinate the reader plunging with vigor into exotic bird exploration the crackdown on rare bird trafficking and the insular world of fly tying enthusiasts all of which lead almost inevitably to the theft from the Tring Museum The most likely receivers of the stolen goods Fly tiers with an unuenchable thirst for feathers from blue chatterers the resplendent uetzal and birds of paradise so they can re create outlandish Victorian era salmon flies Although the thief is caught Johnson decides to investigate himself what happened to the never recovered bird skins pulling the reader even deeper into the thief s bizarre world Clever informative and sometimes endearingly bumbling this mix of natural history and crime opens up new worlds You ll never look at a stuffed bird the same way again Adrian LiangBook ReviewFascinatinga complex tale of greed deception and ornithological sabotage The New York Times Book ReviewFascinating from the first page to the lastyou wont be able to put it down Southern LivingA fascinating bookthe kind of intelligent reported account that alerts us to a threat and that one hopes will never itself be endangered The Wall Street JournalThrillingThis book is The Orchid Thieffor the fly fishing and birding set Paris Review Staff PicksFascinatinga complex tale of greed deception and ornithological sabotage The New York Times Book Review A true crime caper recounted with relish O The Oprah Magazine Titles to Pick Up NowVivid and arrestingJohnson is a wonderfully assured writer The Times London One of the most peculiar and memorable true crime books ever Johnson is an intrepid journalistwith a fine knack for uncovering details that reveal captivate and disturb Christian Science MonitorAn uncommon bookthat informs and enlightens A heist story that manages to unde.
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characters ↠ The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century R touches in this thoroughly engaging true crime tale turns to storytelling gold Johnson s flair for telling an engrossing story is like the beautiful birds he describes exuisite A superb tale about obsession nature and man s unrelenting desire to lay claim to its beauty whatever the cost Kirkus Reviews Starred Review An enthralling account of a truly bizarre crime Johnson goes deep into the exotic bird and feather trade and concludes that though obsession and greed know no bounds they certainly make for a fascinating tale The result is a page turner that will likely appeal to science history and true crime readers Publishers WeeklyStarred ReviewA remarkably compelling story of obsession and history Booklist Starred ReviewYou ll never look at a feather the same way again after reading this riveting detective storyThe Feather Thief brilliantly weaves together Alfred Russel Wallace the surprisingly shadowy history of fly fishing conservation and the plumage of the most beautiful birds on earth The BooksellerUK A true crime tale that weaves seemingly unrelated threadsa museum break in the development of evolutionary theory a case of post Ira PTSD endangered birds and above all the murky underworld of fly tying obsessivesinto a spellbinding narrative tapestry Mark Adams author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu Acaptivating tale of an unlikely thief and his evenunlikely crime and a meditation on obsession greed and the sheer fascination in something as seemingly simple as a featherPaul Collins author of The Murder of the CenturyA stirring examination of the devastating effects of human greed on endangered birds a powerful argument for protecting our environmentand above all a captivating crime storyPeter Wohlleben author of The Hidden Life of TreesThis gem of a book about a heist of archival birds is marvelous moving and transcendent I cant stop thinking about itDean King author of Skeletons on the Zahara and The FeudThis extraordinary bookexposes an international underground that traffics in rare and precious natural resources yet was previously unknown to all but a few A page turning read you wont soon forget The Feather Thief tells us as much about our cultural priorities as it does about the crimes themselves Theres never been anything like it Elizabeth Marshall Thomas author of The Hidden Life of Do.
- The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
- Kirk Wallace Johnson
- 10 June 2020