He lied about his birthplace, his parentage and his artistic training. He was a shameless self-promoter... and the creator of one of the most respected works of American art and natural history. We look at the life of John James Audubon and the making of The Birds of America.
*Author, Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America (North Point Press, 2004)
*Author, Audubon's Elephant: America's Greatest Naturalist and the Making of the Birds of America (Henry Holt, 2004)
*Author, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession(Free Press, 2004)
*Conservation ornithologist, Cornell Lab of Ornithology