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The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Edsel, Robert M. (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"...In a race against time, a group of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others--called the Monuments Men--risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the period between D-Day and V-E Day, this acclaimed book follows six Monument Men on their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis."-- Provided by the publisher.
Authors: Edsel, Robert M.
Title: The monuments men
Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history
Publisher: New York :, Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First Back Bay media tie-in edition
Characteristics: xvi, 473 pages :,maps ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Notes: Originally published: New York : Center Street, c2009
Contents: pt. I. The mission : Out of Germany ; Hitler's dream ; The call to arms ; A dull and empty world ; Leptis magna ; The first campaign ; Monte Cassino ; Monuments, fine arts, and archives ; The task
pt. II. Northern Europe : Winning respect ; A meeting in the field ; Michaelangelo's Madonna ; The cathedral and the masterpiece ; Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb ; James Rorimer visits the Louvre ; Entering Germany ; A field trip ; Tapestry ; Christmas wishes ; The Madonna of La Gleize ; The train ; The Bulge ; Champagne
pt. III. Germany : A German Jew in the U.S. Army ; Coming through the battle ; The new monuments man ; George Stout with his maps ; Art on the move ; Two turning points ; Hitler's Nero decree ; First army across the Rhine ; Treasure map ; Frustration ; Inside the mountain ; Lost ; A week to remember
pt. IV. The void : Salt ; Horror ; The Gauleiter ; The battered mine ; Last birthday ; Plans ; The noose ; Discoveries ; The noose tightens ; The race ; Final days ; The translator ; The sound of music ; End of the road
pt. V. The aftermath : Understanding Altaussee ; Evacuation ; The journey home ; Heroes of civilization ; What is your connection to the story?
Summary: "...In a race against time, a group of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others--called the Monuments Men--risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the period between D-Day and V-E Day, this acclaimed book follows six Monument Men on their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis."-- Provided by the publisher.
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret
ISBN: 9780316240055
0316240052
Branch Call Number: 940.5314 E24m 2013
Copyright Date: ©2009
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [447]-454) and index
Subject Headings: Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section History Art thefts Germany History 20th century World War, 1939-1945 Confiscations and contributions Germany World War, 1939-1945 Art and the war World War, 1939-1945 Destruction and pillage Europe Art treasures in war Europe History 20th century Cultural property Protection Europe History 20th century
Topical Term: Art thefts
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Art treasures in war
Cultural property
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"...In a race against time, a group of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others--called the Monuments Men--risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command.


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Aug 13, 2014
  • ReadingWriter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I toured a beautiful area in Germany, I had no idea the Nazis had once hidden a tremendous cache of stolen artwork in that area. I learned about that, and much more, by the time I turned the last page of "The Monuments Men." The authors made the chaotic time come alive, as men and women fought a mostly secret war to protect and recover cultural treasures at risk from bombs and greed. The book does a wonderful job of showing the characters and personalities of those involved, and the loved ones they left behind, making me care about what happened to them. A little less successful were the short chapters that jumped from subject to subject. I'm so glad, though, that I persevered and finished the book. I learned so much about the monuments men and women who worked under extreme conditions to uncover secret Nazi holdings stolen from families and whole countries. It is a fascinating story.

Jul 01, 2014
  • JWW_O rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even after reading other books about WWII, this gives a new prospective to the war and the sacrifices men and women did for their countries. We owe these hero's a huge debt and it can't be paid. We must never forget!

Jun 17, 2014
  • 1tarheel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well written, very clear, and .... who are these guys? How is it we've never heard of them before?

Jun 03, 2014
  • sunnye1988 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Monuments Men is an amazing book. A page turner; hard to put the book down until the very end. Read like a story rather than a textbook. I have visited towns such as Trier, Nancy and Berchtesgaden, and never knew that Hitler's henchmen hid looted art treasures there. The best part is one of the Monuments Men got to keep the art stolen from his grandfather. Rose Velland, French museum curator received the good credit she deserved for her bravery (not too many women get credit for their bravery). I applaud the author for recognizing a woman for her part in saving great works of art; however, unfortunately minor works of art considered decadent by Hitler were burned. The movie, too, was exceptional; an accurate detail of the book. The names in the movie were changed, but easy to follow the plot. It was an advantage to see the movie right after reading the book when it was fresh in my mind. Both the book AND the movie were worth perusing.

Reading this book was interesting and gave me a new perspective of our (US) role in World War II and the art world. This should be required reading for everyone.

May 13, 2014
  • kakacurt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you love books about art/provenance and history, this is the best book I have read in a long while. Even if you are not interested in art, it is a very intriguing book. It amazed me the lengths that Hitler went through to appropriate his collections.

Mar 19, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. It was awesome! I want a second one!

Mar 13, 2014
  • Lauraparr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great piece of history. I can't believe this is not part of the history curriculum. Much has been said about WWII but it's great to hear that some men not only fought for our future but also to preserve our past. Simply wonderful.

Sep 26, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such catalogues led to further discoveries and repatriations of looted art, discoveries that were still being made in the 21st century. But not until 2007 was the work of the Monuments Men acknowledged. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded to them a medal given to individuals or groups whose work has “deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.” And now comes this book, a recognition that is well justified — and highly readable.

• Thomas B. Allen, a writer on espionage and military history

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Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date December 18, 2013 (USA)

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