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Falcon Fever A Falconer in the Twenty-First Century

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ISBN-10: 0547237790

ISBN-13: 9780547237794

Edition: 2009

Authors: Tim Gallagher

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What is so compelling about falconry? Tim Gallagher mines his lifelong obsession with falcons for an answer in this engaging volume interweaving memoir, history, and travelogue. An entire subculture exists outside the mainstream of American society consisting of obsessed individuals (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and film-writer Tony Huston among them) who still use the ancient training techniques and language of falconry. Gallagher finds that his personal story connects on many levels with that of Frederick II, the thirteenth-century Holy Roman Emperor, legendary falconer, and notorious freethinker who brought the full wrath of the medieval church down upon his dynasty. While following Frederick's…    
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/22/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

As Tim Gallagher was working on his book The Grail Bird, he was among the first to sight the long-thought-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas, which led to a multi-million-dollar effort to confirm the sighting and protect the bird's dwindling habitat. The sighting changed the direction of the book, for which Gallagher won the Outdoor Writers Association of America's Best Book award for 2005. Gallagher is editor-in-chief of Living Bird magazine and of The Journal of the North American Falconers' Association.

Introduction
My Back Pages
The Falcon Dreamer
Rex and Rowdy
The Biker
Blow Up
Flying Free
Centerville Days
The Long Spiral Downward
Desolation Row
O Tank
My Frederick II Year
In Frederick II's Footsteps
Winter in Wyoming
Highland Fling
A Born-Again Falconer
Forty Years After
The Saracen Citadel
The Eye of Apulia
Jewel of the Hill
On to Sicily
Palermo without a Map
The Hawks of Herculaneum
See Rome and Die
Homeward Bound
Epilogue
Acknowledgments