The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Now a major film starring GEORGE CLOONEY, MATT DAMON, CATE BLANCHETT, BILL MURRAY, JOHN GOODMAN, HUGH BONNEVILLE, BOB BALABAN, JEAN DUJARDIN and DIMITRI LEONIDASWhat if I told you that there was an epic story about World War II that has not been told, involving the most unlikely group of heroes What if I told you there was a group of men on the front lines who didn t carry machine guns or drive tanks a new kind of soldier, one charged with saving, not destroyingFrom caves to castles in a thrilling race against time, these men risked their lives daily to save hundreds of thousands of the world s greatest works of art THEY were the Monuments Men, and THIS is their extraordinary true story Remarkable Washington Post Engaging, inspiring Publishers Weekly


About the Author: Robert M. Edsel

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

  1. Anne Anne says:

    This should have been a great book The men who searched out the lost works of art that were looted and hidden by the Nazis were dedicated and inventive and they achieved surprising success The people in occupied territories who kept good records and tried to prevent the wholesale destruction or disappearance of valuable items risked their lives The whole issue of the looted art works, how they were secreted away, and the issues surrounding them as the fabric of Europe changed after WWII is full of fascinating moments Sadly this book which seeks to explore all of these elements was not an easy read.The book darts around the cast of characters and I wasn t always able to keep them straight but there was a good list at the beginning which should have helped I did find, however, that the author seemed to want to tell me a lot of detail and all in the same tone It seemed almost like reading a shopping list I really didn t get any tension and there was no variable pacing so even though I really wanted to know what happened I actually found myself bored reading what should have been a gripping story.My rating relates to the actually telling of this story The research and subject matter were worthy of a exciting and readable presentation.


  2. Colin Carron Colin Carron says:

    If you want to know about how the WW2 allies tried to protect artworks and antiquities from the nazis then this book gives a good idea of what happened and there are probably few other books on the subject However the writing feels a bit amateurish and uneven The subject matter feels as though it is insufficiently unified and so comes out episodically as a series of unconnected anecdotes.The emphasis is on the US contribution most war books seem to reflect their author s nationality but probably inevitable given that the US contribution was greatest and most of the recovery was done in the US liberated areas But it fails to come up to the even handedness of such books as The Longest Day and the author admits as much in his skating over the allied preservation of Roman cities of North Africa.Overall not a bad read Reasonably informative but not specially well written.


  3. Michael Parsons (Cardiff, UK) Michael Parsons (Cardiff, UK) says:

    This is a story that demands a major audience Hitler s war placed in jeopardy much of the world s greatest artwork, and this tells the story of what happened to parts of that art and how efforts were made by the Allies to avoid damaging it and to reclaim stolen art for its true owners.If it were for the subject matter alone, this book would get five stars Unluckily the story has been told from an almost exclusively American perspective, as if auditioning for a Hollywood screenplay Americans actions are described in an irritatingly folksy way, including many comments from their papers showing their national bigotry e.g saying that Roosevelt stood almost alone against the Nazis , while their British colleagues are almost ignored This may be down to the facts that the author is American and that his admittedly extensive research relies heavily on Americans memoirs Perhaps equivalent British sources don t exist Read it for the incredible events contained within and for the passion for art that the author convincingly conveys to the reader, but forgive the style and remember that the Americans weren t the only people involved.


  4. H. T. I. Anson H. T. I. Anson says:

    I was apprehensive about reading this book due to a lot of the bad reviews it has received here on .If you liked the film which I did you will find the book very different and thus I can understand some of the poorer reviews.Hollywood needs a continuous thread through the film otherwise, the film will be panned and noone will make any money.This book on the other hand makes a very good effort at handling and explaining a very complex subject matter that has nothing to do with the film whatsoever except for perhaps the principles and the locations involved All the men worked separately and had their own areas of operation, thus their stories are separate ones, if you wish to interpret this as leading the book to seeming boring disjointed or badly written then that is your opinion.I personally found it an enjoyable read and well written.4 Stars as I feel the end of the book was rather rushed but overall a good book.


  5. Miss Mapp Miss Mapp says:

    I read this book in record time because it was so fascinating and well written Having read the excellent book, The Rape of Europa by Lynn H Nicholas, which tells the story of the merciless Nazi plunder and theft of art during the 1930s and WW2, I knew about the staggering quantities of art which were looted both from private Jewish and other collections, and from museums Hitler and Goring were the worst culprits, and with Nazi efficiency train loads and truck loads of art were hidden to await the time of Nazi victory.This book is the story of the recovery of that art The Monuments Men were given the huge task of finding these hidden treasures, sometimes in the nick of time before they were destroyed Few in number, they heroically went into places where sometimes fighting was still going on in order to save treasures.Another reviewer has already noted that British Monuments Men were hardly mentioned, and another slight shortfall was that the original owners of the art and the methods used by the Nazis to loot it were barely mentioned However, that is all in Lynn Nicholas book, which I would say complements this book wonderfully.I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone interested in art, and how it has been saved for us to view today.


  6. Giuseppe Giuseppe says:

    Essendo uno storico dilettante ma poi nemmeno tanto visto la mia laurea , nonch in procinto di pubblicare un libro sul tema dei danni al patrimonio storico artistico in Italia durante la WWII, ho acquistato questo libro di Mr.Edsel, un grande studioso e scrittore americano, il quale ha ancora una volta dimostrato le sue doti di ricercatore storico, di scrittore, e di attento osservatore dei fatti umani Conoscitore del nostro Paese forse pi degli italiani pi blasonati, Mr.Edsel merita tutta l attenzione di chi vuole davvero leggere storie vere, documentate, e narrate in modo avvincente Ricordate, per , che il libro in inglesechi ha difficolt con la linguaahim son guai


  7. Ron Forest Ron Forest says:

    A well written account of the efforts of a small group of Allied soldiers assembled to retrieve works of art that were stolen by the Nazis during World War 2 This massive undertaking and the Monuments Men involved is generally not known and needed to be told.


  8. AG102886 AG102886 says:

    Robert Edsel s very factual account of what it took a group of extraordinary yet unseeingly ordinary people to recover thousands of years of glorious art work during the Second World War, is astounding a tale than any of the recent publications claim to be Chronologically arranged events with a very cause and effect treatment to the narrative makes this book what one can easily summarize as Unputdownable History.Thoroughly glad that I came across this piece of work and cannot wait to read his other works.PS Do not watch the movie it is a sadistic joke compared to the book


  9. friesl friesl says:

    This book offers a lot of knowledge about the work of those Monuments Men and some behind the scenes information about prefered pieces of art, mainly of G ring and Hitler, too From that point it deserves a rating, but the way it is written, did unfortunately remind me to the old times in history class Two of my colleagues, that were trying to read this book as well, fizzled I did only succeed, because I had a week off and could afford to fall asleep every 10 pages And this is NOT overstating If u got problems to sleep Take it.But still, I am glad that I read it, but it was real pain.


  10. Joe Zmuda Joe Zmuda says:

    lest einfach das Buch Die Suche nach den Kunstssch tzen wird hier genauer beschrieben und im Gegensatz zum Film reduziert sich dies nicht auf einseitigen Nazi und Antirussenschmarrn Kunstobjekte wurden schon immer von den Siegern gestohlen, Napoleon bestahl die Preussen und Roosevelt hatte konfiszierte Bilder in seinem B ro h ngen Der Altar von Gent, um den es auch im Film geht, war bis zum Ende des ersten Weltkriegs in deutschem Besitz und musste als Versailler Reparation rausger ckt werden Man bekommt ein anderes Gef hl f r die Frage, wem geh ren eigentlich Jahrhunderte alte Kunstsch tze und wem d rfen sie berhaupt geh ren und was fasziniert eigentlich Kunsthistoriker.


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