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The monuments men : Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history / Robert M. Edsel ; with Bret Witter.
- ISBN: 9781599951492 (hc)
- ISBN: 1599951495 (hc)
- Physical Description: xvi, 473 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
- Edition: 1st ed. ; Bk. club ed. "1281032"
- Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Center Street, 2009.
|General Note:|| Maps on endpapers.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (p. -454) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| The mission. Out of Germany ; Hitler's dream ; The call to arms ; A dull and empty world ; Leptis magna ; The first campaign ; Monte Cassino ; Monuments, fine arts, and archives ; The task -- Northern Europe. Winning respect ; A meeting in the field ; Michaelangelo's Madonna ; The cathedral and the masterpiece ; Van Eyck's Mystic Lamb ; James Rorimer visits the Louvre ; Entering Germany ; A field trip ; Tapestry ; Christmas wishes ; The Madonna of La Gleize ; The train ; The Bulge ; Champagne -- Germany. A German Jew in the U.S. Army ; Coming through the battle ; The new monuments man ; George Stout with his maps ; Art on the move ; Two turning points ; Hitler's Nero decree ; First army across the Rhine ; Treasure map ; Frustration ; Inside the mountain ; Lost ; A week to remember -- The void. Salt ; Horror ; The Gauleiter ; The battered mine ; Last birthday ; Plans ; The noose ; Discoveries ; The noose tightens ; The race ; Final days ; The translator ; The sound of music ; End of the road -- The aftermath. Understanding Altaussee ; Evacuation ; The journey home ; Heroes of civilization ; What is your connection to the story?
|Summary, etc.:|| "The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command"--Provided by the publisher.
As Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the Western world, his armies were hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. In a race against time, a special force of museum curators risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.