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 ...

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Title:The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
Author:Kirk W. Johnson
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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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

  • Sarah
    May 17, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

  • Bronwyn
    Jun 25, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

  • Kelly
    Aug 13, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

  • Mary
    Jun 04, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...

    Few of the books I've read taught me more than this one. I never realized the history or market for bird feathers, let alone the huge sums of money and potential corruption and greed that their value encourages. The wonder-lust for certain bird feathers has led to the extinction of a ...

    I'm fascinated by stories of obsession where people are all-in pursuing a goal. I'm intrigued by the combination of years-long focus, intensity, and dedication; and I want to know if the pursuit will end in success or failure. (My recent review of Cork Dork describes another obsession ...

    This book really took me by surprise as I had no idea that bird feathers were such a valuable commodity, and, as such, are open to thievery on really a grand scale. That's just what happened in the summer of 2009 when twenty year old musician, Edward Rist broke into the Natural History...

    EDIT: I really really enjoyed this! I was originally drawn to the odd title--what sort of theft could be called the 'natural history heist of the century'? As soon as Johnson began to explain the tale of Edwin Rist's theft of almost 300 bird skins from the British Natural History Muse...

    In 2009, 20-year-old American Edwin Rist broke into the Tring museum, a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. His quest: to steal rare bird specimens - some collected more 150 years earlier - with gorgeous feathers sought the world over by people who shared Edwin's...

    Life is a rich tapestry indeed. When you think you've heard it all, along comes a fly tying bird burglar. Fly tying is not just a hobby for some people, but a passion, an obsession, and a gateway to property crime. Edwin Rist broke into a natural history museum and stole hundreds o...

    What a story! Who knew that were people so obsessed with the art of tying fishing flys that they would spend huge amounts of money and purchase feathers they should suspect were stolen. But then, who would have ever thought that we would elect a president with no respect for the enviro...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    May 18, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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

    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...

  • Rebekah
    Jun 05, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

  • Robert Sheard
    May 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

  • Jo Barton
    May 24, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...

    Few of the books I've read taught me more than this one. I never realized the history or market for bird feathers, let alone the huge sums of money and potential corruption and greed that their value encourages. The wonder-lust for certain bird feathers has led to the extinction of a ...

    I'm fascinated by stories of obsession where people are all-in pursuing a goal. I'm intrigued by the combination of years-long focus, intensity, and dedication; and I want to know if the pursuit will end in success or failure. (My recent review of Cork Dork describes another obsession ...

    This book really took me by surprise as I had no idea that bird feathers were such a valuable commodity, and, as such, are open to thievery on really a grand scale. That's just what happened in the summer of 2009 when twenty year old musician, Edward Rist broke into the Natural History...

  • Chris
    Jun 17, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

  • Rose
    Aug 08, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Joann
    Jun 26, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

  • Bibliophile
    Aug 07, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...

    Few of the books I've read taught me more than this one. I never realized the history or market for bird feathers, let alone the huge sums of money and potential corruption and greed that their value encourages. The wonder-lust for certain bird feathers has led to the extinction of a ...

    I'm fascinated by stories of obsession where people are all-in pursuing a goal. I'm intrigued by the combination of years-long focus, intensity, and dedication; and I want to know if the pursuit will end in success or failure. (My recent review of Cork Dork describes another obsession ...

    This book really took me by surprise as I had no idea that bird feathers were such a valuable commodity, and, as such, are open to thievery on really a grand scale. That's just what happened in the summer of 2009 when twenty year old musician, Edward Rist broke into the Natural History...

    EDIT: I really really enjoyed this! I was originally drawn to the odd title--what sort of theft could be called the 'natural history heist of the century'? As soon as Johnson began to explain the tale of Edwin Rist's theft of almost 300 bird skins from the British Natural History Muse...

    In 2009, 20-year-old American Edwin Rist broke into the Tring museum, a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. His quest: to steal rare bird specimens - some collected more 150 years earlier - with gorgeous feathers sought the world over by people who shared Edwin's...

    Life is a rich tapestry indeed. When you think you've heard it all, along comes a fly tying bird burglar. Fly tying is not just a hobby for some people, but a passion, an obsession, and a gateway to property crime. Edwin Rist broke into a natural history museum and stole hundreds o...

  • Kristen Beverly
    Mar 29, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

  • Emily Goenner
    Jul 09, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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...

  • Nicki
    Apr 04, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Madeline Partner
    Jul 15, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...

    Few of the books I've read taught me more than this one. I never realized the history or market for bird feathers, let alone the huge sums of money and potential corruption and greed that their value encourages. The wonder-lust for certain bird feathers has led to the extinction of a ...

    I'm fascinated by stories of obsession where people are all-in pursuing a goal. I'm intrigued by the combination of years-long focus, intensity, and dedication; and I want to know if the pursuit will end in success or failure. (My recent review of Cork Dork describes another obsession ...

    This book really took me by surprise as I had no idea that bird feathers were such a valuable commodity, and, as such, are open to thievery on really a grand scale. That's just what happened in the summer of 2009 when twenty year old musician, Edward Rist broke into the Natural History...

    EDIT: I really really enjoyed this! I was originally drawn to the odd title--what sort of theft could be called the 'natural history heist of the century'? As soon as Johnson began to explain the tale of Edwin Rist's theft of almost 300 bird skins from the British Natural History Muse...

  • Rebecca Foster
    May 20, 2018

    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...

    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...

  • Audrey
    Aug 05, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

  • KC
    Jan 27, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jeimy
    May 02, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

  • Marathon County Public Library MCPL
    Jun 13, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...

    Few of the books I've read taught me more than this one. I never realized the history or market for bird feathers, let alone the huge sums of money and potential corruption and greed that their value encourages. The wonder-lust for certain bird feathers has led to the extinction of a ...

    I'm fascinated by stories of obsession where people are all-in pursuing a goal. I'm intrigued by the combination of years-long focus, intensity, and dedication; and I want to know if the pursuit will end in success or failure. (My recent review of Cork Dork describes another obsession ...

    This book really took me by surprise as I had no idea that bird feathers were such a valuable commodity, and, as such, are open to thievery on really a grand scale. That's just what happened in the summer of 2009 when twenty year old musician, Edward Rist broke into the Natural History...

    EDIT: I really really enjoyed this! I was originally drawn to the odd title--what sort of theft could be called the 'natural history heist of the century'? As soon as Johnson began to explain the tale of Edwin Rist's theft of almost 300 bird skins from the British Natural History Muse...

    In 2009, 20-year-old American Edwin Rist broke into the Tring museum, a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. His quest: to steal rare bird specimens - some collected more 150 years earlier - with gorgeous feathers sought the world over by people who shared Edwin's...

  • Mac
    May 13, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...

    Few of the books I've read taught me more than this one. I never realized the history or market for bird feathers, let alone the huge sums of money and potential corruption and greed that their value encourages. The wonder-lust for certain bird feathers has led to the extinction of a ...

    I'm fascinated by stories of obsession where people are all-in pursuing a goal. I'm intrigued by the combination of years-long focus, intensity, and dedication; and I want to know if the pursuit will end in success or failure. (My recent review of Cork Dork describes another obsession ...

  • Bob Walenski
    Jul 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...

    Few of the books I've read taught me more than this one. I never realized the history or market for bird feathers, let alone the huge sums of money and potential corruption and greed that their value encourages. The wonder-lust for certain bird feathers has led to the extinction of a ...

  • Jamie Canaves
    Jun 17, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Alex Bear
    Jul 12, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

  • Katherine McCauley
    Aug 03, 2018

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    This was just fascinating. All of it, the natural history (and destruction of species), feather fashion evolution, fly fishing, Edwin Rist, the theft, the recovery, the closing of ranks, the sales, the diagnosis, the author?s obsession and the overall fallout and conclusion. It?s s...

    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 was a fascinating look into the world of salmon fly-tying. It tells the story of a young savant and how his obsession with recreating classic lures led his to steal birds from the largest museum collection in England. The author became obsessed with the case and decided to hunt do...

    This book hooked me from the moment I read the description. True crime about a fly tier trying to earn money to buy a gold flute? I'm there. The book was a great mix of the author's obsession with this case, the history of 19th century naturalists and the quest for exotic birds, bac...

    It?s hard to distinguish who is the more obsessive, the author in his quest for the truth or the fly tying thief. It?s nice to know that a fly fishing trip to Taos, New Mexico was the inspiration for this book. We castigate ourselves today for our lack of respect for the environ...

    I loved every single second of this true crime book about a man who becomes so obsessed with fly-tying that he breaks into a museum to steal their rare birds to sell the feathers for profit. The premise of this sounds like it might be boring, but it's anything but. Johnson's attention ...

    Kirk Johnson is a personal hero of mine. He is the subject of one of my favorite This American Life entitled Taking Names which gave me goosebumps when I heard it for the first time 4-5 years ago, and is always on my short list of episodes I recommend to people. So I definitely recomme...

    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...

    3 1/2 Stars really. The book has three parts. The story of early collector and scientist Alfred Russell Wallace which is fascinating. The story of the theft of hundreds of valuable bird skins from the British Museum and the detective work involved in solving the crime. Also fascinating...

    This was such a bizarre story, but super interesting! I've recently listened to this podcast about the Victorian bird market, which is super interesting too: https://www.dressedpodcast.com/podcas... Also, guys, Edwin Rist does flute covers of pop songs and tv music! https://youtu...

    This is about 100% more interesting than a book about obsessive Victorian fly tiers and the flautist who robbed a natural history museum of its rare bird skins has any right to be. A weirdly good adventure/science/extremely esoteric and dorky true crime caper. ...

    Really engrossing story?as a bird enthusiast (and specifically a bird of paradise enthusiast, but frankly, who isn't) I had an emotional response to the crime, but it's the sort of thing you'd care about even if you weren't so much a bird guy. The history on Alfred Russel Wallace was...