Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
In Priceless, Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career for the first time, offering a real-life international thriller to rival The Thomas Crown Affair.
Rising from humble roots as...more
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the art history, the t...more
Bob Wittman began his career with the FBI without any law enforcement experience, but his job history and personal interests gave him some unique skills that came in handy. When he first joined the bureau, art theft wa...more
This book eventually gets to that case, but it tells many o...more
It does beg two questions: the seemingly arbitrary value of the art world's masterpieces, and how art represents both the pride of a nation and the pride of...more
Bob (he is...more
Wittman was an FBI agent who ended up specializing in solving art crimes. One difference between dealing with art crime and other property crimes is that with the former the object is unique. Consequently, getting the object back is an important consideration, possibly more important than punishing the criminals.
Most of the book is about Wittman working undercover to retrieve art and arrest the criminals. Typically Wittman posed as someone in...more
One of my top reads this year is The Gardner Heist. Naturally, when I saw this book at the library, I had to read it. I was not disappointed with this suspenseful, well-written story.
Among his many a...more
Not worth the time unless you really care about art heists and can...more
I had watched a documentary on that theft within the past month, so it was doubly interesting. Opening and closing chapters dealt with events transpiring to recover the art.
The inner machinations of the FBI were discouraging to read about. The wri...more
The book did highlight some things of interest, among them -- the art is not always terribly difficult to steal, but very difficult to sell. Those who want it either have to claim that a) It's not a real Re...more
Having just read a fictional novel about a film detective (Frames), it was interesting to read a real-life narrative on a similar to...more
Sadly, the personal story is really boring and amounts to digressions that really, really take too long. While Wittman's background is told quickly, when he joins the FBI he seems to spend too much time that on things that have nothing to do with the title. While one particular event is important because it impacts him, other events aren't essential a...more
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