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Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History | [Robert M. Edsel]

Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were methodically pillaging the finest art in Europe, from Michelangelos to Vermeers, all stolen for the Führer. The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt to find these artworks, but no vehicles, typewriters, or authority. In a race against time to save the world’s greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi fanatics, each man constructed his own treasure map....
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As Hitler was attempting to conquer the Western world, his armies were methodically pillaging the finest art in Europe, from Michelangelos to Vermeers, all stolen for the Führer.

The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt to find these artworks, but no vehicles, typewriters, or authority. In a race against time to save the world’s greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi fanatics, each man constructed his own treasure map. They used tips, records recovered from bombed buildings, and the secret journals of Rose Valland, a French museum employee who secretly tracked Nazi plunder in Paris.

These unlikely heroes, mostly middle-aged family men, walked away from successful careers into the epicentre of the war. This is their story.

©2009 Robert M. Edsel (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 05-28-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 05-28-14 Member Since 2013

    the world's fastest fat man

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    If you could sum up Monuments Men in three words, what would they be?

    Men of hope


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always like true stories in which the contrast between good and bad, corruption and honesty, despair and hope is so apparent.


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    The descriptions of how and where the loot was found


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    The personal side of the story in the fashion of letters and notes really allows the audience to feel empathy with the people

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 03-20-14
    Michael Sydney, Australia 03-20-14 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    The book is a little dry. The book is creative historical non fiction being dressed up as a novel without much success. The Narrator Jeff Harding does an adequate job, however he is tied to the writing of Robert M. Edsel who failed to create real drama, plot or character. Based on fact and probably historically correct, it still lacks the charm of the movie and comes down to just a list of facts, dates, times and stuff that happens.

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    This is the story that is currently being made into a movie with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett. I actually loved that it was history that was presented like fiction, which for me made it easier to follow and more entertaining.

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    This informative book makes me curious to know more. It revealed an aspect of the Second World War completely unknown to me previously.

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