Join us as we discuss The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. The Feather Thief recounts the enthralling story of a young, gifted musician who robbed the British Museum at Tring of more than a million dollars' worth of rare bird specimens for their beautiful feathers, coveted by fly tiers like himself. In the late 18th and 19th centuries, there was considerable demand for bird feathers, particularly from exotic birds, for fashion. The feathers are also in demand among fly tiers, which is how Rist, a young American studying music at the Royal Academy of Music and one of the best fly tiers in the world, was compelled to rob the museum. Johnson chases down priceless specimens that were sold by Rist and interviews Rist himself to dive deeper into the obsessive and strange world of fly tiers.
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