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

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

A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief. 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 outpos A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty ...

DownloadRead Online
Title:The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
Author:Kirk Wallace Johnson
Rating:
Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B074DGMF88
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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

  • Lisa
    Aug 05, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...

    A very interesting true crime story that is different from the traditional violent ones. It?s a quirky story involving the small world of fly fishing and the fly tiers who make the feather flies to bait the hooks of the fly fishers. A bit boring in the beginning, for most I would gue...

    I wouldn't exactly call it rollicking, but it is definitely thought provoking. The dedication of the author to try to track down the lost birds and feathers, in contrast to the authorities and even the museum community is what is truly thought provoking. The police practice of givin...

    The Feather Thief is marketed as similar to one of my favorite nonfiction books, Susan Orlean?s The Orchid Thief. And it?s an apt comparison. The books is a tale of obsession, the desire to capture and ?own? beautiful nature, and the frenzied lengths some people will go to i...

    So interesting! I had no idea about the world of fly tying. Total page turner...tight writing, so even the historical bits were fascinating. Can't wait to read the next on from Mr. Johnson. ...

    Summary: an engrossing and obsessive book about a true crime involving stealing hundreds of priceless dead birds. The good: meticulously researched and extremely well written. I could not put this book down and will have a difficult time getting it out of my head. Very intriguing an...

    What a fascinating book this was! The fact that somebody had the audacity to even consider breaking into the British Natural History Museum and let alone do it, was intriguing enough for me to request this on NetGalley. The author tells an absorbing tale of how he first heard about ...

    The entire time I was listening to this book I thought it was fiction. Even more intriguing that it's true crime. I really enjoyed listening to this story and wanted to keep getting back to it. If I had known more about it before beginning, I probably would not have picked it up. I'm s...

  • Linda
    Aug 24, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    May 18, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

  • Carol
    May 27, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

  • Robert Sheard
    May 29, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...

    A very interesting true crime story that is different from the traditional violent ones. It?s a quirky story involving the small world of fly fishing and the fly tiers who make the feather flies to bait the hooks of the fly fishers. A bit boring in the beginning, for most I would gue...

    I wouldn't exactly call it rollicking, but it is definitely thought provoking. The dedication of the author to try to track down the lost birds and feathers, in contrast to the authorities and even the museum community is what is truly thought provoking. The police practice of givin...

    The Feather Thief is marketed as similar to one of my favorite nonfiction books, Susan Orlean?s The Orchid Thief. And it?s an apt comparison. The books is a tale of obsession, the desire to capture and ?own? beautiful nature, and the frenzied lengths some people will go to i...

  • Rose
    Aug 08, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...

    A very interesting true crime story that is different from the traditional violent ones. It?s a quirky story involving the small world of fly fishing and the fly tiers who make the feather flies to bait the hooks of the fly fishers. A bit boring in the beginning, for most I would gue...

    I wouldn't exactly call it rollicking, but it is definitely thought provoking. The dedication of the author to try to track down the lost birds and feathers, in contrast to the authorities and even the museum community is what is truly thought provoking. The police practice of givin...

    The Feather Thief is marketed as similar to one of my favorite nonfiction books, Susan Orlean?s The Orchid Thief. And it?s an apt comparison. The books is a tale of obsession, the desire to capture and ?own? beautiful nature, and the frenzied lengths some people will go to i...

    So interesting! I had no idea about the world of fly tying. Total page turner...tight writing, so even the historical bits were fascinating. Can't wait to read the next on from Mr. Johnson. ...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 07, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

  • Kristen Beverly
    Mar 29, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

  • April Cote
    Jul 24, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    Feb 16, 2019

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

  • Emily Goenner
    Jul 09, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

  • Randal White
    Aug 21, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

  • Nicki
    Apr 04, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...

    A very interesting true crime story that is different from the traditional violent ones. It?s a quirky story involving the small world of fly fishing and the fly tiers who make the feather flies to bait the hooks of the fly fishers. A bit boring in the beginning, for most I would gue...

    I wouldn't exactly call it rollicking, but it is definitely thought provoking. The dedication of the author to try to track down the lost birds and feathers, in contrast to the authorities and even the museum community is what is truly thought provoking. The police practice of givin...

    The Feather Thief is marketed as similar to one of my favorite nonfiction books, Susan Orlean?s The Orchid Thief. And it?s an apt comparison. The books is a tale of obsession, the desire to capture and ?own? beautiful nature, and the frenzied lengths some people will go to i...

    So interesting! I had no idea about the world of fly tying. Total page turner...tight writing, so even the historical bits were fascinating. Can't wait to read the next on from Mr. Johnson. ...

    Summary: an engrossing and obsessive book about a true crime involving stealing hundreds of priceless dead birds. The good: meticulously researched and extremely well written. I could not put this book down and will have a difficult time getting it out of my head. Very intriguing an...

    What a fascinating book this was! The fact that somebody had the audacity to even consider breaking into the British Natural History Museum and let alone do it, was intriguing enough for me to request this on NetGalley. The author tells an absorbing tale of how he first heard about ...

  • K.
    Nov 18, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

  • Rebecca
    May 20, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

  • Cherie
    Oct 29, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...

    A very interesting true crime story that is different from the traditional violent ones. It?s a quirky story involving the small world of fly fishing and the fly tiers who make the feather flies to bait the hooks of the fly fishers. A bit boring in the beginning, for most I would gue...

    I wouldn't exactly call it rollicking, but it is definitely thought provoking. The dedication of the author to try to track down the lost birds and feathers, in contrast to the authorities and even the museum community is what is truly thought provoking. The police practice of givin...

  • KC
    Jan 27, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

  • LeAnne
    Jan 29, 2019

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

  • Jim Cooper
    Feb 19, 2019

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

  • SueKich
    Nov 02, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

  • Matthew Quann
    Aug 23, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

  • Alice Lippart
    Nov 06, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

  • Jamie Canaves
    Jun 17, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

  • Yun
    Feb 04, 2019

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

  • Lily Mason
    Aug 14, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

  • Leslie Ray
    Jan 13, 2019

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

  • Dawn
    Nov 04, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...

    A very interesting true crime story that is different from the traditional violent ones. It?s a quirky story involving the small world of fly fishing and the fly tiers who make the feather flies to bait the hooks of the fly fishers. A bit boring in the beginning, for most I would gue...

  • The Captain
    Oct 12, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

  • Whitney
    Jul 01, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...

    A very interesting true crime story that is different from the traditional violent ones. It?s a quirky story involving the small world of fly fishing and the fly tiers who make the feather flies to bait the hooks of the fly fishers. A bit boring in the beginning, for most I would gue...

    I wouldn't exactly call it rollicking, but it is definitely thought provoking. The dedication of the author to try to track down the lost birds and feathers, in contrast to the authorities and even the museum community is what is truly thought provoking. The police practice of givin...

    The Feather Thief is marketed as similar to one of my favorite nonfiction books, Susan Orlean?s The Orchid Thief. And it?s an apt comparison. The books is a tale of obsession, the desire to capture and ?own? beautiful nature, and the frenzied lengths some people will go to i...

    So interesting! I had no idea about the world of fly tying. Total page turner...tight writing, so even the historical bits were fascinating. Can't wait to read the next on from Mr. Johnson. ...

    Summary: an engrossing and obsessive book about a true crime involving stealing hundreds of priceless dead birds. The good: meticulously researched and extremely well written. I could not put this book down and will have a difficult time getting it out of my head. Very intriguing an...

  • MRIDULA
    Nov 20, 2018

    Described as the pursuit of justice in the feather underground, Kirk Wallace Johnson's The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century delivers. Picking this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect. One thing for sure is that this book is about so much ...

    The Feather Thief is a delightful read that successfully combines many genres ? biography, true crime, ornithology, history, travel and memoir ? to tell the story of an audacious heist of rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum at Tring in 2009. Somehow I managed not to hea...

    An online forum recently posted a list of true crime without murder or violence. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century would fit the bill as no murder nor physical harm befalls any person. Yet is any crime without a victim? Each reader would...

    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 respec...

    Haven't read something so engrossing all year. What a fascinating and exciting book! ...

    This is the truly amazing story of how a twenty year old American flute prodigy pulled off an unbelievable museum heist of rare and exotic bird skins and feathers. Edwin Risk loved music but also was quite enthralled in the world of fly fish tying. He spent hours perfecting his craft a...

    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 gr...

    Reminds me of The Orchid Thief in its readability and theme. ...

    FANTASTIC Nonviolent True Crime I had wanted to read this one for the nonviolent true crime roundup I?d done but hadn?t been able to get a copy until now. Now if you?re thinking ?But really how interesting can bird specimen theft be?? let me just tell you this book was supe...

    I was absolutely captivated by this book! Who knew there was this obsessive group who made salmon fishing ties using the feathers of endangered birds? Amazingly, they often don?t even fish with them and the salmon themselves don?t really care what?s on the tie. For many, it is an...

    Trigger warnings: animal death, blood, a lot of bullshit around autism. I've been hearing really good things about this book for the past couple of months, so when I stumbled across it in the true crime section of my library, I picked it up. I found it a struggle to get into, to be...

    I flew through the first two sections. Johnson provides a history and tells the heist story in a way that makes feathers fascinating. The last section, though, which tells his story of his obsession, was less interesting to me and a shift from telling the story to personalizing the sto...

    This is such a weird but fantastic book. I can?t tell you how many times I thought, i mean, we?re talking about feathers, right? Feathers? Aren?t there bigger issues going on in the world right now? But it sucks you in & somehow you find yourself thinking, what happened to th...

    Seabiscuit. The River of Doubt. The Devil and the White City. Into the Wild. The Perfect Storm. If you're a fan of these fascinating works of non-fiction, then grab hold of this story of the feather thief before he gets away with it. The book was recommended to me by a friend who i...

    I read this nonstop, completely drawn into this bizarre true crime. Who knew a crime about a man stealing a historical collection and thousands of dollars worth of dead birds from a museum so he could use the feathers to make salmon fly catchers could be so fascinating! ...

    The Feather Thief tells the true-crime tale of Edwin Rist robbing the British Museum of Natural History of hundreds of irreplaceable bird skins, and the greed, obsession, and twisted logic that had compelled him to do so. For me, the most interesting part of this book was the discu...

    Ahoy there mateys! This be one a true crime book about one of the greatest naturalist thefts of all time ? of bird skins from the British Museum of Natural History. The reason ? their feathers for use in fishing lures. Aye matey, ye did read that correctly. Fishing lures that aren?...

    Five stars because the history was great - the Victorian feather-mania, the Victorian feather-mania backlash, Walter Rothschild/Tring, the evolution of fly-tying - all of that was excellent and worth the time in the book. I also like Rist's story, and what he did, and the reaction to i...

    This story is unexpectedly engaging to the point where at times it feels like fiction. Who would have thought that a conservatory student would pull off the natural history heist of the century, all in the name of a niche hobby? Johnson is a great storyteller and his passion for the su...

    When I chose this book, I thought it was fiction. It is not. It's history. It's a mystery. It's true crime. It's very interesting and opens a world that I had no idea existed. Seems the author acquired the obsession the people in the book already had. ...

    As a fly fisherman, fly tier, and former policeman, I found this book to be an absolute home run! A young "savant", Edwin Rist, had everything going for him. A brilliant flautist, he and his brother (also a savant), discovered the art of tying Atlantic Salmon flies. Throwing themselv...

    Hooked! I know nothing about fish other than my recipe for lime-encrusted cod loin and little more about birds other than that robins and blue-tits are adorable. Nevertheless, I found this book about fly-tying and rare bird feathers absolutely riveting. This is Kirk Wallace Johns...

    My first true crime and I did enjoy it, but only up to an extent. The authors fascination with birds and Edwin Rist is contagious and I certainly enjoyed those bits. They were informative and as a student of Zoology, I didn't feel like an outsider to those terms. The writing was good ...