The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Edsel, Robert M. (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Monuments Men

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"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"--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 : Center Street, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xvi, 473 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Autographed copy"
Contents: 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
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
Christmas wishes
The Madonna of La Gleize
The train
The Bulge
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
Inside the mountain
A week to remember
IV. The Void
The Gauleiter
The battered mine
Last birthday
The noose
The noose tightens
The race
Final days
The translator
The sound of music
End of the road
V. The Aftermath
Understanding Altaussee
The journey home
Heroes of civilization.
Summary: "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"--Provided by the publisher.
Local Note: 1 15 17 18 27 33 53 61 71 80 109 118 122 133 148 149 151 152 172 173 182 193 198 210 216 222 228 231 234 243 250 263 272
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret
ISBN: 9781599951492
Statement of Responsibility: Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [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. Deutschland. swd Deutschland. (DE-588)4011882-4 gnd
Topical Term: Art thefts
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Art treasures in war
Cultural property
Additional Physical Form Entry: Online version: Edsel, Robert M. Monuments men. 1st ed. New York : Center Street, 2009 (OCoLC)805922613
LCCN: 2009012255
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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

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/29/books-monuments-men/#ixzz2g300196R
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Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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