The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History

by Robert M. Edsel
with Bret Witter

Center Street | September 17, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world''s great art from the Nazis.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.5 in

Published: September 17, 2010

Publisher: Center Street

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599951509

ISBN - 13: 9781599951508

Found in: History

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little-Known World War II History Most history enthusiasts who have read books on World War II are most likely aware of the fact that the Nazis were hoarding all sorts of art pieces to various hiding places in Europe. However, I, for one, was not aware of the existence of the Monuments Men. Consequently, this book was an eye-opener for me. The fact that this book has had tremendously good reviews and that a Hollywood movie was even made based on its contents strongly encouraged me to buy this book and read it. I did. Unfortunately, I realized that it wasn’t quite the fiery page-turner that I was expecting. A lot of space was used at the beginning of the book for background material and to set the stage. Since the monuments men featured here were a handful of individuals scattered throughout the U.S. Armed Forces (mostly) in various locations in Europe, the author keeps shifting his story from one to another to another and back again, cycling this way throughout the book. However, I did find some passages to be indeed quite captivating but these were separated by lengthy sections of much less gripping material. Overall, I’m happy to have read this book since I have learned something quite interesting. I also believe that this work is a valuable addition to the library of popular history books on World War II. The author’s writing style is friendly, quite accessible, clear and occasionally lively. This book should be of particular interest to World War II history enthusiasts as well as art lovers.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated out of 5 by from I think this book may have had movie rights picked up so read it now so you can say "the book is better than the movie". Seriously good story though.
Date published: 2012-02-28

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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History

by Robert M. Edsel
with Bret Witter

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.5 in

Published: September 17, 2010

Publisher: Center Street

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599951509

ISBN - 13: 9781599951508

About the Book

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

From the Publisher

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world''s great art from the Nazis.

About the Author

Robert Edsel began his career in the oil and gas exploration business. In 1996 he moved to Europe to pursue his interests in the arts. Settling in Florence seeing some of the great works, he wondered how all of the monuments and art treasures survived the devastation of World War II. During the ensuing years, he devoted himself to finding the answer. In the process, he commissioned major research that has resulted in this book. Robert also coproduced the related documentary film,The Rape of Europa, and cowroteRescuing Da Vinci,a photographic history of an art heist of epic proportions and the Allied rescue effort. The author lives in Dallas.