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"Whatever happened to him actually outshines anything I’ve had my James Bond do." (Ian Fleming)

James Bond: author, ornithologist, marksman, and...identity-theft victim? When James Bond published his landmark book, Birds of the West Indies, he had no idea it would set in motion events that would link him to the most iconic spy in the Western world and turn his life upside down. Born into a wealthy family but cut off in his early 20s, James Bond took off to the West Indies in search of adventure. Armed with arsenic and a shotgun, he took months-long excursions to the Caribbean to collect material for his iconic book, Birds of the West Indies, navigating snake-infested swamps, sleeping in hammocks, and island-hopping on tramp steamers and primitive boats. 

Packed with interviews with Bond's colleagues, here is the real story of the pipe-smoking, ruthless ornithologist who introduced the world to the exotic birds of the West Indies.

©2020 Jim Wright (P)2020 Schiffer Publishing

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  • Stokes
  • 22-09-2020

Exciting and Interesting!

I really enjoyed this biography of the real man who gave his name to the fictional spy. He led a life of adventure and intrigue fit to rival his spy counterpart - especially if you find birds endlessly intriguing. And even if you haven’t looked at a bird in your life, there is plenty more in this book to teach you a thing or two about espionage, history, and the evolution of conservation in the last century. A delightful listen!

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