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The monuments men : Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history / Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter.

By: Edsel, Robert M.
Contributor(s): Witter, Bret.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Center Street, 2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: xvi, 473 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781599951492; 1599951495.Subject(s): Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section -- History | Art thefts -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Confiscations and contributions -- Germany | World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war | World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- Europe | Art treasures in war -- Europe -- History -- 20th century | Cultural property -- Protection -- Europe -- History -- 20th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Monuments men.DDC classification: 940.53/1 Other classification: 8 | 8,1
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 -- Tapestry -- Christmas wishes -- The Madonna of La Gleize -- The train -- The Bulge -- Champagne -- 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 -- Frustration -- Inside the mountain -- Lost -- A week to remember -- IV. 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 -- V. The Aftermath -- Understanding Altaussee -- Evacuation -- 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-454) and index.

"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.

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 -- Tapestry -- Christmas wishes -- The Madonna of La Gleize -- The train -- The Bulge -- Champagne -- 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 -- Frustration -- Inside the mountain -- Lost -- A week to remember -- IV. 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 -- V. The Aftermath -- Understanding Altaussee -- Evacuation -- The journey home -- Heroes of civilization.

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Library Journal Review

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.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Robert M. Edsel was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1956. He is the author of several non-fiction books including Rescuing Da Vinci, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis. The Monuments Men was adapted into a film starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett. Edsel is the founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, which received the 2007 National Humanities Medal under President George W. Bush. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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