|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2010|
|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|
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.
|Out of Germany|
|The Call to Arms|
|A Dull and Empty World|
|The First Campaign|
|Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives|
|A Meeting in the Field|
|The Cathedral and the Masterpiece|
|Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb|
|James Rorimer Visits the Louvre|
|The Madonna of La Gleize|
|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|
|Inside the Mountain|
|AWeek to Remember|
|The Battered Mine|
|The Noose Tightens|
|The Sound of Music|
|End of the Road|
|The Journey Home|
|Heroes of Civilization|
|Cast of Characters|
|What Is Your Connection to the Story?|
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.
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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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