The Feather Thief

The Feather Thief

Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

Book - 2018
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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. Print run 50,000.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781101981610
110198161X
Branch Call Number: 364.1628598 JO
Characteristics: x, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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Aug 10, 2018

I am impressed with the author's background and the synchronicity of events that led him down the path of bird feather whisperer. Johnson, former coordinator of reconstructing Fallujah for USAID, happens upon the story of Edwin Rist who managed to rob the Tring Museum of rare and endangered bird feathers in order to satiate the obsession of tie fliers world-wide. We get background stories of feather fashion fetish of the late 1800's, the unfathomable search, discovery, and collection of rare birds by Alfred Russel Wallace, and later legislation to stop the sale of these skins. However, the piece de resistance is Rist's heist and it's consequence worldwide in the underground of tie fliers and Johnson's obsession to bring closure to the mystery surrounding it.

DPLjennyp Jul 26, 2018

An interesting and enjoyable read.

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