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.
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 53 61 71 80 109 118 122 133 148 149 151 152 172 173 182 193 198 210 211 216 222 228 231 234 243 250 272
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret
ISBN: 9781599951492
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Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • 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.

Report This 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 Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/29/books-monuments-men/?page=all

Report This Dec 20, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It took me a long time to finish this book, though that is certainly not the fault of the author or the subject matter. In fact, it's probably a testament that I kept returning to it again and again, reading bits and bobs until I finally gained enough momentum to see it through. The Monuments Men (and women) were amazing, doing monumental (if you'll pardon the pun) work with very few resources. The scope of the Nazi theft was unprecedented, and the MFAA had to untangle the stories of thousands -- millions -- of stolen works of art and see them returned to their countries of origin. Just amazing. I hear that there will soon be a Hollywood movie about the Monuments Men, and I look forward to learning more of their story and seeing them get some of the credit that they deserve.

Report This Jun 19, 2012
  • rebekah_1209 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the personal stories of the men and women who carried out a war time mission that some saw as frivolous at the time. I would recommend looking up the artwork online or in art books as you read about the pieces sought and saved.

Report This May 09, 2011
  • d21221 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This story about art theft and the search and rescue operations behind the scenes during WW II is not a book about war but more about the casualties of the art world during war time. Learning about these heroes is enlightening and informative, and the author sheds some light on aspects that the general public may not be familiar with. If you are interested in renaissance art and have some familiarity with the nazi quest to steal europe's greatest masterpieces this account will be of interest to you. Not only do you get a sense of the characters behind the rescue missions but also learn about the human passion, love and value recognized in historical art works. An unexpected treasure of a story.


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

Other: Release date December 18, 2013 (USA)


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