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The Feather Thief: The Natural History Heist of the Century
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Kirk Wallace Johnson
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The Feather Thief: The Natural History Heist of the Century

Kirk Wallace Johnson


Windmill Books

True crime;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Wildlife: birds & birdwatching


320 pages

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'A tale of obsession ... vivid and arresting' - The Times One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into theNatural History Museum at Tring, home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Once inside, Rist grabbed as many rare bird specimens as he was able to carry before escaping into the darkness.

Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river in New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide first told him about the heist. But what would possess a person to steal dead birds? And had Rist paid for his crime? In search of answers, Johnson embarked upon a worldwide investigation, leading him into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

Was Edwin Rist a genius or narcissist? Mastermind or pawn?

By:   Kirk Wallace Johnson
Imprint:   Windmill Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   247g
ISBN:   9780099510666
ISBN 10:   0099510669
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kirk Wallace Johnson served in Iraq with the US Agency for International Development in Baghdad and Fallujah as the Agency's first co-ordinator for reconstruction in the war-torn city. He went on to found The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies. His work on behalf of Iraqi refugees was profiled by This American Life, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, the subject of a feature-length documentary, The List, and a memoir, To Be a Friend is Fatal. A Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and the recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Wurlitzer Foundation, his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times and the Washington Post. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son and daughter.

The Feather Thief truly is a tale of obsession ... A wonderfully assured writer, [Johnson] takes us on a curious journey into the past ... Vivid and arresting * The Times * A fascinating investigation of a seriously ridiculous crime * New Scientist * The questions [The Feather Thief] raises are more pertinent than ever * Daily Mail * The book is The Orchid Thief for the fly-fishing and birding set: worth its weight in exotic bird feathers, which you'll learn are very expensive * The Paris Review * Weird and wonderful * The Tablet *

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