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

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

Format:  Paperback,

473 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Pub

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9781599951508

ISBN-10: 1599951509

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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: Grand Central Pub
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9781599951508
ISBN-10: 1599951509
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 473
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Witter, Bret

Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. Before becoming a professional writer, he was the Editorial Director of HCI for three years. He has ghostwritten nine books. His title Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

Chapter outline

Author's Note
Main Characters
Map
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
Northern Europe
Winning Respect
A Meeting in the Field
Michelangelo's Madonna
The Cathedral and the Masterpiece
Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb
James Rorimer Visits the Louvre
Entering Germany
AField Trip
Tapestry
Christmas Wishes
The Madonna of La Gleize
The Train
The Bulge
Champagne
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
AWeek to Remember
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
The Aftermath
Understanding Altaussee
Evacuation
The Journey Home
Heroes of Civilization
Cast of Characters
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
What Is Your Connection to the Story?
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-10-15)

Adolf Hitler's plan for the subjugation of the world included its culture and treasures. Art was to be taken from conquered countries and stored in Germany until Hitler could build the world's largest museum complex in his hometown of Linz, Austria. It was the job of the Monuments Men (as they came to be called) to track down these missing treasures during the latter years of the war. This story concentrates on Northwest Europe only, where men (and at least one woman) from 13 nations, largely from professional arts-related backgrounds and past combat age, effectively saved much of European culture from a gang of murderous thieves. This intriguing story, told largely through letters written by the rescuers and now in various government archives, will appeal to many general and military history readers.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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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