The Monuments Men
Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Robert M. Edsel & Bret Witter
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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The Momuments Men....is amazing!
3/25/12. This book is one of those that I wish I could have read 30 years ago. The reason for that is that as my 97 year old dad passed away this week, I can no longer ask him about things like this from his experiences during WW II. I never knew about these wonderful men and women or even this component of the war effort until just a couple of months ago. This story was so wonderfully told that I was transported to the scenes. And the results of this fine book are that I can yet again see fine people doing fine things for the world, selflessly and in spite of horrific conditions. Thank you, thank you!
I absolutely love this book! It was so fascinating to discover the details of such an occurrence, something I was completely unaware of until reading this book. For any art lover, this is a must read!!
Great book and tribute
This is a well written book and that is saying a lot about a book on History. It is captivating and very educational. We, the USA and the Human race as a whole owe a lot to these men who sacrificed for the benefit of all mankind. I do not say those words lightly. They risked their lives to serve our country and did it for all the right reasons, for the greater good of all.
chapeau to all the Monument Men and thanks for bringing this story to light Mr. Edsel and Witter.
- Category: Military
- Published: Sep 03, 2009
- Publisher: Center Street
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 496 Pages
- Language: English