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"After World War Two I served as a British member of the 'Monuments' section in Germany. Our task, I believe, was truly important - we were restoring to Europe evidence of its own civilization, which the War seemed virtually to have destroyed - and I was lucky to have had a chance to participate. It is excellent that Mr Edsel has now recorded this remarkable episode, and I am grateful to him for devoting so much energy to telling the stories of those involved." -- Anne Olivier Bell "Highly Readable ... a remarkable history" Washington Post "Engaging and inspiring" Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Robert Edsel began his career in the oil and gas exploration business. In 1996 he moved to Europe to pursue his interests in the arts. Settling in Florence seeing some of the great works, he wondered how all of the monuments and art treasures survived the devastation of World War II. During the ensuing years, he devoted himself to finding the answer. In the process, he commissioned major research that has resulted in this book. Robert also coproduced the related documentary film, The Rape of Europa, and wrote Rescuing Da Vinci, a photographic history of an art heist of epic proportions and the Allied rescue effort. The author lives in Dallas.
Bret Witter cowrote the bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Grand Central, 2008). He lives in Louisville, KY.
One of the best books I have ever read. Started me on a whole second world war read marathon from the bibliography that has lead me off in all directions and many, many more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by me
Very disappointed. Slow, meandering writing. The movie wasn't any better either.Published 13 months ago by Ron gabriel
I really enjoyed reading a book that provided a theme that is different from the usual journal of military operations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gordie Rowe
This is a real life mystery/thriller about a little known aspect of WWII. It's surprising to learn how obsessed the Nazis were about acquiring Europe's great works of art and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Judy S.