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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Untold Story of WWII!, 21 Aug 2009
This review is from: Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It (Hardcover)
Rescuing Da Vinci

I saw Mr. Edsel on a BBC Segment and immediately ordered this book and his new book Monuments Men. It is hard to imagine why such an extraordinary story about a group of such extraordinary men and women has not been told until now. Congratulations to Mr. Edsel for finally writing about the "greatest untold story of WWII" and for bringing attention to these heroes of civilization. The world owes much to them for risking their lives to save so many of our most precious cultural treasures. In one word, this story is remarkable and this book should be a must own for every school library, military base, and politician as a reminder of the legacy of the Monuments Men and of the importance of protecting culture in times of conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monuments Men in Pictures, 15 July 2013
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This review is from: Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It (Hardcover)
Having read the excellent books 'Monuments Men' and 'Saving Italy' by Robert Edsel, both of which tell the heroic story of the small number of British and American Monuments Men who tried against all odds to save some of the staggering amount of art stolen, plundered, appropriated and purposely destroyed by the Germans during World War II, I am pretty well versed in their work. Those books also describe the Nazi's 'scorched earth' policy which meant that everything - towns, villages, artworks - should be destroyed upon their retreat.

This book, however, tells in pictures what the others tell in words. It is a wonderful and hugely enlightening collection of photographs of the paintings, statues and buildings involved, with explanatory paragraphs; some of the Monuments Men in action; as well as Hitler and Goering, the main Nazi thieves of art, with their henchmen, admiring their plunder. It also shows some of the huge stashes of great art hidden by the Germans in mines, castles, etc, all earmarked to be the core collection of Hitler's dream art museum in his home town of Linz.

Robert Edsel has the rare ability to be clear and linear in his writing, and this quality is also apparent in the collections of photographs in this book which are divided into relevant chapters.

I can't recommend this, or the two books mentioned above, highly enough to anyone interested in the fate of art against the dreadful background of war.
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