The Monuments Men

Allied Heros, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Edsel, Robert M. (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Monuments Men

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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.
Authors: Edsel, Robert M.
Title: The monuments men
Allied heros, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition: First Little, Brown and Company mass market edition.
Characteristics: xvii, 598 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations; maps ;,19 cm
Notes: "Now a major motion picture"--Page 1 of cover.
Local Note: 1 53 76 79 97 148 149 150 151 172 173 198 203 210 216 226 244
Master record variable field(s) change: 100, 505, 610, 650, 700, 720 - Master record encoding level change WorldCat Holdings
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret
ISBN: 0316240079
Statement of Responsibility: Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [561]-570) and index.
Subject Headings: Cultural property Protection Europe History 20th century. Art treasures in war Europe History 20th century. World War, 1939-1945 Destruction and pillage Europe. World War, 1939-1945 Art and the war. World War, 1939-1945 Confiscations and contributions Germany. Art thefts Germany History 20th century.
Topical Term: Cultural property
Art treasures in war
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Art thefts
LCCN: 2012533110
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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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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.

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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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