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  • The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century
  • Kirk Wallace Johnson
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  • 02 October 2020
  • 9781101981634

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SUMMARY The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century READ & DOWNLOAD The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. FLY A fishhook dressed as with feathers or tinsel to suggest an insectWhile not a fly fisherman I myself am an avid fisherman The author Kirk Johnson was fly fishing with a friend several years ago when he learned the fascinating and bizarre story of a young American man named Edwin Rist At the age of 20 Edwin broke into the British Museum of Natural History s ornithological building and stole 299 rare bird specimens skins Many of these birds had been collected by the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who was a contemporary of Charles Darwin Edwin was a music student in England and was an accomplished flautist with a bright future ahead of him playing professionally in Berlin upon graduation Why on earth would a gifted flute player commit such an odd crime as specimen theft from a museumIn THE FEATHER THIEF Kirk Wallace Johnson superbly weaves history art fishing and colorful personalities into a completely engrossing true crime adventure I knew of course about trout flies used for fishing and how they are tied and crafted with materials to resemble various kinds of insects However I had never heard of the art of Victorian Salmon Fly tying This type of fly tying is really seen as an intricate art form and most salmon fly tiers do not even fish And while trout flies are uite small Salmon flies are much larger and when completed can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars There is also a great salmon fly tiers fraternity featuring shows and competitions At an early age Edwin Rist was not only obsessed with becoming a master flautist but also becoming the greatest salmon fly tier in the world Both he and his brother Anton had discovered this hobby as boys were given lessons and worked voraciously to perfect their craft Of course the main component of salmon fly tying is bird feathers And historically not just any old feathers will do The earliest salmon fly tiers used feathers form the Birds of Paradise the Resplendent uetzel the Blue Chatterer and the Indian Crow among many others At the end of the 19th century bird populations world wide dropped so dramatically from over harvesting mostly for ladies hats that conservation groups were finally formed and helped to put an end to the mass slaughter and importexport of certain birds Flash forward to the 21st century when salmon fly tying was still popular but it was very difficult to obtain exotic bird skins Naturally many tiers substituted common species or used dyed feathers from domestic fowl But there was still an open market to buy the feathers of rarer birds and packets of Indian Crow or Blue Chatterer feathers could sell for hundreds of dollars on the internet So in his obsession to possess the finest bird skins in the world Edwin Rist visited the Tring museum north of London and began devising a plan to steal rare bird skins for himself as well as to sell to others At the time Edwin had worked very hard to indeed become one of the greatest fly tiers in the world Would his plan be successful or an ultimate failure Read THE FEATHER THIEF to discover for yourself What a mesmerizing and absorbing story I look forward to the next book by Kirk Wallace Johnson Bridge of Clay upon graduation Why on earth would a gifted flute player commit such an odd crime as specimen theft from a museumIn THE FEATHER THIEF Kirk Wallace Johnson superbly weaves history art fishing and colorful personalities into a completely engrossing true crime adventure I knew of course about trout flies Gargoyles of Gaylord Michigan Chillers used for fishing and how they are tied and crafted with materials to resemble various kinds of insects However I had never heard of the art of Victorian Salmon Fly tying This type of fly tying is really seen as an intricate art form and most salmon fly tiers do not even fish And while trout flies are Yellow Brick War uite small Salmon flies are much larger and when completed can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars There is also a great salmon fly tiers fraternity featuring shows and competitions At an early age Edwin Rist was not only obsessed with becoming a master flautist but also becoming the greatest salmon fly tier in the world Both he and his brother Anton had discovered this hobby as boys were given lessons and worked voraciously to perfect their craft Of course the main component of salmon fly tying is bird feathers And historically not just any old feathers will do The earliest salmon fly tiers The Complete Excuses Handbook The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Blame and Shirking Responsibility for All Your Own Miserable Failings and Sloppy Mistakes used feathers form the Birds of Paradise the Resplendent Lawrence Ferlinghetti versei uetzel the Blue Chatterer and the Indian Crow among many others At the end of the 19th century bird populations world wide dropped so dramatically from over harvesting mostly for ladies hats that conservation groups were finally formed and helped to put an end to the mass slaughter and importexport of certain birds Flash forward to the 21st century when salmon fly tying was still popular but it was very difficult to obtain exotic bird skins Naturally many tiers substituted common species or A Coney Island of the Mind Poems used dyed feathers from domestic fowl But there was still an open market to buy the feathers of rarer birds and packets of Indian Crow or Blue Chatterer feathers could sell for hundreds of dollars on the internet So in his obsession to possess the finest bird skins in the world Edwin Rist visited the Tring museum north of London and began devising a plan to steal rare bird skins for himself as well as to sell to others At the time Edwin had worked very hard to indeed become one of the greatest fly tiers in the world Would his plan be successful or an Fearful Hunter #1 ultimate failure Read THE FEATHER THIEF to discover for yourself What a mesmerizing and absorbing story I look forward to the next book by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century

SUMMARY The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century READ & DOWNLOAD The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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. What an adventure centered around the dedication of the author to try to rectify a theft from the Natural History Museum in Tring England The thief had an obsession with obtaining rare bird feathers for making fishing lures but not necessarily to fish with Apparently there is a group of people who will pay tons of money for the rarest of bird feathers to create these lures despite the fact that these birds are killed for this very purpose There is a lot of history in this book on the destruction of animals especially birds especially for fashion and the exclusivity of ownership This is a true crime fascinating journey to attempt to bring to justice the feather thief who manages to manipulate and evade the conseuences that he deserved

SUMMARY The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century

SUMMARY The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century READ & DOWNLOAD The Feather Thief Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 Black Holes Wormholes Time Machines 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 Crystal and the Seven Brothers 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 Then She Found Me underbelly The author of this book first learned of Edwin Rist while fly fishing in Mexico and The Virginity of Famous Men 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 Junie B Jones is a Party Animal Doll 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 Forever Pucked Pucked #4 understand the concept of being an expert tyer if you don t even fly fish Not only that it is my The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright A Complete Catalog 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 Mica Rebel Wayfarers MC #1 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 El Paraiso 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 The Midnight Rake Three Regency Rogues #3 unsolved but one can take a few educated guesses about what happened and why though that knowledge doesn t bring about much satisfactionToday Rist Alison's Fierce Ugly Halloween Hyperion Chapters 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 A Wife Watching Fantasy Gone Too Far 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 Batman No Man's Land 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 Catching Kate Acceptance #15 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 The Simple Prince understand aspects and nuances many of The Raising The Torch Keeper #3 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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