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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
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Robert Wittman's memoir of his twenty years as an art detective for the FBI was fascinating. He traveled around the world recovering hundreds of millions of dollars of stolen art. The author points out that a part of our history and our culture is lost wh...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
I am not an art aficionado, so it was interesting to learn about the pieces. He never ment...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
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
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
The story is a typical "action drama", begin the book in the middle of a scam to catch the...more
Priceless is the author (Wittman)'s story of his work in the FBI's Art Crime Team. He takes us through his early days and the roundabout path that led him to the Bureau, and eventually to a passion for art which landed him in the Art Crime Team. From here it's a riveting tour through some of his bigge...more
I wish that the US put more time and effort into art crime. What wonderful stories paintings and artifacts have to tell, only they can't if they are taken? Our history, our memories disappear with them.
My biggest problem with the whole book is coming to grips with the fact that art thieves are a mostly dysfunctional bunch and that they care only about the money (not the a...more
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