[The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century] New ¹ Kirk Wallace Johnson


  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century
  • Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • English
  • 13 July 2019
  • 9781101981634

Kirk Wallace Johnson í 7 CHARACTERS

FREE READ á eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB í Kirk Wallace Johnson Kirk Wallace Johnson í 7 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century 107 Rian 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 f. Deciding to read The Feather Thief should really come down to how much you want to know about birds Birds are animals I m perfectly willing to appreciate at a distance but barring a series of childhood budgies they ve never been my particular thing All the same I ve got mad respect for Darwin Wallace and their culture rupturing scientific discovery made possible by tropical birds so I thought this book would be up my alleyThe bad thing about this audiobook is that the first half seemed endlessly dull to me I found myself trying the limits of my aural capacity speeding up the narrator s voice to a comical clip as he talked about the history of bird collections and the fly tying community Some of the history was alright but the chain of custody for Wallace s birds put me into a despondent state that was only deepened by the fly tiers I just didn t get it What s when I wasn t sold on the fly tying I couldn t get into Edwin Rist s obsession with the archaic practice that drove him to steal a suitcase full of birdsLuckily by a little over the halfway mark Kirk W Johnson begins to lay out his own obsession with the case of stolen bird feathers and heads out on what ends up being a pretty exciting investigation Even though I was often bored for the first half I ended up being compelled by what turned out to be a less obvious crime than I d initially assumed Indeed the later chapters when Johnson begins to interview the fly tying community hunt down the lost feathers and struggle to balance his personal life with the hunt for justice amount to a story that reminded me a bit of the podcast SerialI don t know that I can give this a ringing endorsement after all I almost considered giving up and moving on through most of the book What I can offer is a suggestion pick this one up if you have an interest in birds but dodge it if you are coming for a true crime thriller alone

FREE READ á eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB í Kirk Wallace JohnsonThe Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century

FREE READ á eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB í Kirk Wallace Johnson Kirk Wallace Johnson í 7 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century 107 Eather 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. Haven t read something so engrossing all year What a fascinating and exciting book

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FREE READ á eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB í Kirk Wallace Johnson Kirk Wallace Johnson í 7 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century 107 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 Victo. The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson is a 2019 Penguin publication This is another book that has sat on my TBR list for an entire year I added it because it was labeled as true crime and because the reviews were overwhelmingly positive However every time I thought about reading it I changed my mind because I wasn t sure if I would fully understand the premise for one thing and for another I was afraid it would bore me silly It just didn t sound like a topic that would interest me in the least I decided I should at least give it a try because all those positive reviews had to mean something right I admit I still don t fully understand fly fishing or the obsession with Salmon fliers I still don t have any interest in the sport and I never will but one thing is for sure I was never bored while reading this book It seems there is nothing out there in this world that doesn t have a dark underbelly The author of this book first learned of Edwin Rist while fly fishing in Mexico and uickly became as obsessed with this crime as Edwin Rist was with rare bird skins and Salmon fliers What are Salmon fliers Apparently they are a brightly colored lure made with bird feathers that mimics small fish which Salmon will snap at Victorian exotic or rare feathers are highly sought after by collectors and expert tyers Edwin Rist a musician also happened to be an expert Salmon tyer To that end in 2009 Edwin broke into the British Natural History Museum and stole 299 rare bird skins including 37 Birds of Paradise Once Kirk Wallace Johnson heard about this most unusual heist he jumped down the rabbit hole with both feet beginning a long journey for the truth which culminated in this book I don t understand the concept of being an expert tyer if you don t even fly fish Not only that it is my understanding that the salmon can t tell the difference anyway It all seemed like such a tremendous waste The history however that sets these events in motion is utterly fascinating if a bit peculiar The author traces the origins of the feathers and how they came to be in the museum which is far interesting than one might think From there the book builds into a detective story then a legal drama then finally a personal uest for the whole truth and maybe some modicum of justice Not to give too much away but evidently Rist earned some money from his daring heist selling some of the feathers skins on the black market Yes there really is a black market for these feathers and a lucrative one at that I knew one could find all manner of things for sale on eBay but vintage bird feathers While Rist was eventually caught his legal troubles didn t turn out the way I had anticipatedwhich is one of the reasons why Johnson felt compelled to draw out as much of the truth as possibleSome mysteries remain unsolved but one can take a few educated guesses about what happened and why though that knowledge doesn t bring about much satisfactionToday Rist uses a different name and has carved out a uniue niche for himself by playing heavy metal music with his flute perhaps the flute he bought with his eBay profits Johnson didn t reveal Rist s assumed name but a simple Google search brought up his infamous Metallica cover of Master of Puppets right away you have to see it to believe it Rist who claims to suffer from Asperger s syndrome is clever educated talented and skilled and while his crime is not a violent one he still did a horrible thing and based on Johnson s exclusive interviews with Rist he comes off as a greedy little sociopath who never expressed the proper amount of remorse for his crimes I m afraid I did not find him to be sympathetic character at all sorry not sorry As to the writing and organization of the book the presentation is very well done However the author does take an interesting stance here He took a risk in my opinion by inserting himself into the saga by calling out the fly fishing community for their role in helping to create the atmosphere within in this sub culture that makes this crime and others like it so alluring and lucrative He seems to feel they too are responsible although his words have probably fallen on deaf ears I usually become exasperated if an author refuses to maintain strict neutrality when writing nonfiction I want the facts not the author s interpretation of them or his or her opinion In this case however I can understand why Johnson felt compelled to make such a bold move and he was right in doing so Ultimately this is a fascinating True Crime saga I found myself immersed in it than I ever imagined possible I learned some interesting history and a lot about bird feathersskins salmon fliers and expert tiers as well the strange obsessions of men The greed that results from these obsessions of course is a story as old as man While this may not sound like a book that would appeal to a broad audience it should Those familiar with the sport of fly fishing will understand aspects and nuances many of us never will about this case but historians true crime readers mystery fans and even fans of legal dramas will find this to be a very compelling story 4 stars


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