The Monuments Men : Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (Paperback)

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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.

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316240055
SKU 248920822
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0316240052
Release Date 10/22/2013
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.25T
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"In THE MONUMENTS MEN, Edsel strives to give his heroes the two-fisted, John Wayne treatment he feels they deserve. Structured as a series of swift cinematic scenes, the book is at times overly theatrical...but it is nonetheless a difficult work to put down."
"[A] terrific story...[It] certainly is good to give these men (and that one remarkable woman) their due."
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Editors Note Traces the lesser-known effort by an Allied division to find and secure European art that had been looted by the Nazis, outlining the dramatic story of how they risked their lives and raced against time with limited supplies and scraps of information, sometimes obtained from colorful sources. Reprint.
Annotation Robert M. Edsel documents the unheralded heroics of the hundreds of Allied soldiers who were assigned to track down the artistic and cultural treasures which had been plundered by the Nazis during World War II. As the Nazis swarmed through northern Europe, they sought to replace all forms of culture with items and images promoting their own ruthless agenda. Hoping to break the spirit of their subjects while advancing their own propaganda, they collected and, in many cases, destroyed countless works of art, religious icons, and cultural artifacts. But the Allies countered with a special unit, composed of art historians and experts, who risked their lives to recover these treasures. Their work required an extraordinary mix of investigative skills, military prowess, and artistic expertise, and Edsel's welcome attempt to rescue their efforts from obscurity is both insightful and exhilarating.

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