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.
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.
Which scene was your favorite?
The descriptions of how and where the loot was found
Any additional comments?
The personal side of the story in the fashion of letters and notes really allows the audience to feel empathy with the people
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.
This informative book makes me curious to know more. It revealed an aspect of the Second World War completely unknown to me previously.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed it, but I kept having to rewind when I realised I'd forgotten to pay attention for a while. I get the feeling it's the kind of book to fully appreciate you need to be able to look at the who's who and I suspect maps and pictures that are in the print version.
What did you like best about Monuments Men? What did you like least?
Getting to the end
Has Monuments Men put you off other books in this genre?
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Read anther book
If this book were a film would you go see it?
No - they have made a film and I hope they have not followed the book
Any additional comments?
It was so fragmented and became totally boring The detail was there but it did not come across as something that was important. Yes getting the art back to the owners was important but they didn't get it back as most were dead and this made the story a real mish mash which had no real cohesion.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful