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Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis [Kindle Edition]

Robert M. Edsel
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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An amazing story, superbly told. --Carlo D Este, bestselling author of "Patton: A Genius For War"

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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Monuments Men

"An astonishing account of a little-known American effort to save Italy's…art during World War II."—Tom Brokaw

When Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire.

On the eve of the Allied invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect these historic riches. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. With the German army retreating up the Italian peninsula, orders came from the highest levels of the Nazi government to transport truckloads of art north across the border into the Reich. Standing in the way was General Karl Wolff, a top-level Nazi officer. As German forces blew up the magnificent bridges of Florence, General Wolff commandeered the great collections of the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, later risking his life to negotiate a secret Nazi surrender with American spymaster Allen Dulles.

Brilliantly researched and vividly written, the New York Times bestselling Saving Italy brings readers from Milan and the near destruction of The Last Supper to the inner sanctum of the Vatican and behind closed doors with the preeminent Allied and Axis leaders: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill; Hitler, Göring, and Himmler.

An unforgettable story of epic thievery and political intrigue, Saving Italy is a testament to heroism on behalf of art, culture, and history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12498 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393082415
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (6 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN86JYU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Neither fish or foul - hugely disappointed! 4 Feb. 2014
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
I saw this book for sale in the Uffizzi in Florence, read the spiel on the reverse and assumed it was a book about lost treasures and the recovery of the same from the Nazis. I bought the book looking forward to reading the detail of the art and found another book which was mostly about the war and it rarely kept my interest.

Yes the book does cover the lost works of art but its a mess. factually incorrect in that it ignores the difference between Great Britain/United kingdom and England, has a bias towards the American role in the war - there are assertions that the "English" bombed without care and the Americans were precise so how can you take this book seriously when these facts are bent in the favour of the Americans. makes you winder how much of the book is made up or guesswork or was it predominantly written for an American audience.

i did find some facts interesting but all in all a wasted opportunity to present what should have been an unbiased history of the art thefts in Italy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bias as usual 20 Nov. 2013
Exhaustively researched; poorly written; and factually deficient when facts would get in the way of presenting Americans as saviours of the world's art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FASCINATING AND IMPORTANT BOOK 3 Jan. 2014
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Notwithstanding its absurd title this is a most fascinating and important book. I read it with rapt attention. Having admired the excellent books on the Italian Renaissance by Professor Frederick Hartt it was illuminating to read of his major role in saving great works of art during the Second World War.

The books is beautifully printed on high quality paper.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Really worth reading. 4 July 2014
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Very interesting book. Thoroughly enjoyable reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It lived up to expectations 21 April 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyable read. Having read Monument Men it was a very good follow on. I now look forward to seeing the film
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