The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the Western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Focusing on the 11-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their "impossible" mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

Now a major motion picture.

©2009 Robert M. Edsel (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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"The story is both engaging and inspiring. In the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Fabulous telling of an often overlooked aspect of World War II

Great book. Easy read. Gives a detailed account about the Allied efforts to protect and recover great works of art in Europe during and after World War II. From paintings to cathedrals, the monuments men did their utmost to preserve what they could of European culture in the face of the bloodiest conflict in history.