The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History by Robert M. EdselThe Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History by Robert M. Edsel

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

byRobert M. EdselAs told byBret Witter

Paperback | September 17, 2010

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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.
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 find...
Title:The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.5 inPublished:September 17, 2010Publisher:Center StreetLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book If you've seen the movie you're missing out by not reading the book. So well written and exciting to read. The movie was entertaining however the book is ten times as good!!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story that seemed to be forgotten The Monuments Men was a very compelling story that I didn't even know existed! Adolf Hitler had plans to make his own private museum with some of the world's most famous art pieces inside it. The Nazis began raiding museums, stealing, vandalizing and destroying artwork in museums and art galleries all across Europe. A small group of unlikely men are tasked with protecting precious artwork with their lives. This was a great page turner! However, this book is not for those who have difficulty reading a textbook style novel. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Introduction This book is accessible and will introduce readers to the somewhat unknown story of Nazi art looting. Unfortunately, it takes too much dramatic licence to be considered truly factually accurate. That said, it is a good starting point to learning about his important aspect of the Nazi regime.
Date published: 2016-11-21
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