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            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 (Hardback)

            By Johnson, Kirk Wallace

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            Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller. --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever. --Christian Science Monitor A rollicking true-crime adventure and a ca...ptivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, 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 outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
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            ISBN 9781101981610
            Released AU 24 Apr 2018
            Publisher Viking
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            The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy

            The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy (Hardback)

            By Urban, Mark

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            The Skripal Files is the explosive story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the new spy war between the West and Russia from number one bestseller Mark Urban, Diplomatic and Defence Editor for BBC Newsnight. 4th March 2018, Salisbury, England. Sergei Skripal and his daughter ...Yulia were enjoying a rare and peaceful Sunday spent together, completely unaware they had been poisoned with the deadly nerve agent Novichok. Hours later both were found slumped on a park bench close to death. Following their attempted murders on British soil, Russia was publically accused by the West of carrying out the attack, marking a new low for international relations between the two since the end of the Cold War. The Skripal Files is the definitive account of how Skripal's story fits into the wider context of the new spy war between Russia and the West. The Skripal Files explores the time Skripal spent as a spy in the Russian Military Intelligence, how he was turned to work as an agent by MI6, his imprisonment in Russia and his eventual release as part of a spy-swap that would bring him to Salisbury, where on that fateful day he and his daughter found themselves fighting for their lives.
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            ISBN 9781250207739
            Released AU 2 Oct 2018
            Publisher Henry Holt & Company
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            The Monster of Florence
             

            The Monster of Florence (Paperback)

            By Preston, Douglas; Spezi, Mario

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            After settling in Italy in 2000, Douglas Preston discovered that the olive grove in front of his family's new home had been the scene of one of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer who had never been found and was known only as the Mon...ster of Florence.
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            ISBN 9780753517048
            Released AU 28 Jul 2009
            Publisher Ebury Publishing
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            The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince's Reign of Terror and the Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed
             

            The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince's Reign of Terror and the Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ferranti, Seth

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            When the crack era jumped off in the 1980s, many street legends were born in a hail of gunfire. Business minded and ruthless dudes seized the opportunities afforded them, and certain individuals out of the city's five boroughs became synonymous with the definition of the new era ...black gangster. Drugs, murder, kidnappings, shootings, more drugs, and more murder were the rule of the day. They called it "The Game," but it was a vicious attempt to come up by any means necessary. In the late 1980s, the mindset was "get mine or be mine," and nobody embodied this attitude more than the Supreme Team. The Supreme Team has gone down in street legend and the lyrical lore of hip-hop and gangsta rap as one of the most vicious crews to ever emerge on the streets of New York. Their mythical and iconic status inspired hip-hop culture and rap superstars like 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas and Ja Rule. Born at the same time as crack, hip-hop was heavily influenced by the drug crews that controlled New York's streets. And the cliche of art imitating life and vice versa came full circle in the saga of the Supreme Team's infamous leaders- Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff and Gerald "Prince" Miller. In the maelstrom of the mid-80s crack storm and burgeoning hip-hop scene, their influence and relevance left a lasting impression. Going from drug baron to federal prisoner to hip-hop maestro to life in prison, Supreme was involved in hip-hop and the crack trade from day one. His run stretched decades, but in the end he fell victim to the pitfalls of the game like all before him had. His nephew, the enigmatic Prince, who had a rapid, violent, and furious rise in the streets also fell hard and fast to the tune of seven life sentences. The Supreme Team has been romanticized and glorified in hip-hop, but the truth of the matter is that most of their members are currently in prison for life or have spent decades of their prime years behind bars. This book looks at the team's climatic rise from its in
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            ISBN 9780980068740
            Released AU 6 Feb 2012
            Publisher Gorilla Convict Publications
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            Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Struggle for Survival
              

            Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Struggle for Survival (Hardback)

            By Duberman, Martin

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            In December 1995, the FDA approved the release of protease inhibitors, the first effective treatment for AIDS. For countless people, the drug offered a reprieve from what had been a death sentence; for others, it was too late. In the United States alone, over 318,000 people, most... of them gay men, were dead from AIDS-related complications--among them the singer Michael Callen and the poet Essex Hemphill. Meticulously researched and evocatively told, The Battlefield of AIDS is historian Martin Duberman's poignant memorial to those lost to AIDS and to two unsung heroes of the early years of the epidemic. Callen, a white gay Midwesterner who moved to New York, became a leading figure in the organized effort to fight the disease; Hemphill, an African-American gay man in Washington, D.C., contributed to the black gay and lesbian flowering of the Second Harlem Renaissance. Both men died at the age of 38. A profound exploration of the intersection of race, sexuality, class, and identity during the AIDS epidemic's bleakest years, The Battlefield of AIDS captures both a generation struggling to cope with the deadly disease and the extraordinary refusal of two men to give in to despair.
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            ISBN 9781595589453
            Released AU 18 Mar 2014
            Publisher The New Press
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            From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West

            From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West (Hardback)

            By Blake, Heidi

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            Based on a Buzzfeed News investigation.

            ISBN 9780316417235
            Released AU 19 Nov 2019
            Publisher Mulholland Books
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            Endurance: SAS Soldier. Polar Adventurer. Decorated Leader

            Endurance: SAS Soldier. Polar Adventurer. Decorated Leader (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Rudd, Louis

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            From the SAS to a headline-making solo journey across Antarctica - this is a story of courage, grit and determination.

            ISBN 9781529031744
            Released AU 9 Jun 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 18+ years
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            The Girl Who Smiled Beads

            The Girl Who Smiled Beads (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Wamariya, Clemantine; Weil, Elizabeth

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            Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbours began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder.

            ISBN 9781786331472
            Released AU 30 Apr 2018
            Publisher Cornerstone
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            The Case of the Vanishing Blonde
             

            The Case of the Vanishing Blonde (Paperback, Main)

            By Bowden, Mark

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              4 Aug 20

            From Mark Bowden, a 'master of narrative journalism' (New York Times), comes a true-crime collection both deeply chilling and impossible to put down.

            ISBN 9781611854589
            Released AU 4 Aug 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Mob Girl: The Explosive True Story of the Woman Who Took on the Mafia
             

            Mob Girl: The Explosive True Story of the Woman Who Took on the Mafia (Paperback)

            By Carpenter, Teresa

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              2 Sep 20

            Arlyne Weiss grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the daughter of a Jewish mobster who ran an auto sales business as a front.

            ISBN 9780008398699
            Released AU 2 Sep 2020
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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