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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495443841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495443848
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CH on 27 Jan. 2015
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This is a badly OCRd version of a public domain book. I'm not exaggerating when I say that every few pages there are numbers instead of letters, incorrect line spacing, incorrect punctuation and general mis-spellings caused by no one bothering to proof read the text after OCR. It's incomprehensible that the "editor" Steve W Chaddle didn't bother to do this. Avoid. Returning to Amazon for a refund.
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By heather444 on 15 May 2015
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Disappointing to get a book that is full of typing errors and found a lot of the book to be slow with not much happening. There are probably better books on this topic.
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Quite a few 'slow' passages but if one persists an excellent read which was full of memories for me.
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Nuts and Bolts 24 April 2014
By Jerry Werzinsky - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book about one man's story: Thomas Howe Jr, Lt Comdr USNR, also Director of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, with the Monuments Men of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the American Military Government in Germany. It's a good "nuts and bolts" story of how he and other experts in the arts went about recovering all the stolen art pieces and other valuables that the Nazis had taken during their conquest Europe. Honestly with all the thieving they were doing I don't see how the Nazis had time to fight a war! I enjoyed reading about their comradery, challenges with just dealing with the volume of all loot they were recovering (he often used the word "loot" in the book), working within the military fame work, and the lack of resources working in a postwar area. I actually got a copy of the original book printed in 1946 from the library, which had great photo plates in it, so I'm not sure how the Kindle edition looks, but it still should be a good read.
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Fantastic! 19 Jun. 2014
By florida - Published on Amazon.com
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I started with Monuments Men and couldn't stop! The story of how the American and British military tracked down, recovered and returned Europe's art treasures should be read by everyone. Never before in history had a nation at war not looted art treasures. Not only did they recover art belonging to museums but to private owners as well and even returned art to German museums! The next time you see the Mona Lisa or Michangelo's David take a moment to remember that they might not exist we're it not for American and British military. An amazing story well written!
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The book is one of my favorite ones so far 2 Sept. 2014
By Rosemarie Llabres - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is one of my favorite ones so far. It gave me the sense to be there, in the mines and in the castles rescuing the treasures looted by the Nazis. Thomas Howe Jr. is a great story teller. Is good to know all the efforts the American Military made to salvage and put in order such mess left when the WWII ended and distribute the stolen art in the right hands.
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Five Stars 19 Dec. 2014
By Mary L. Abeyta - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book. A lot of information.
A Personal Account - 13 May 2015
By paperlady - Published on Amazon.com
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The precursor to The Monuments Men. Printed in 1946 it's a personal account of the search and rescue of thousands of art works looted by the Nazis. A great read and is a companion to The Monuments Men (which is more detailed and has a wider scope). I've red this and am now reading The Monuments Men.
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