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Priceless by Robert K. Wittman
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Sep 26, 10

bookshelves: 21st-century, nonfiction, read-in-2010, memoirs
Read from September 10 to 18, 2010

I had hopes for this book. The intersection of true-crime caper, thwarting the bad guys who are never as smart as they think they are but twice as dangerous, with priceless art, should have been a shoe-in for me. But the book should have been titled "My Fabulous Whine-Fest: How screwed up the FBI is and how they didn't really back me when I accidentally killed a fellow agent." (Trust me, even the part about accidentally killing a fellow agent, just sad, not really interesting.) And much of the priceless art is Civil War flags and American Indian artifacts which is important to someone, maybe just not me...

And to make matters worse, the Barnes collection is featured significantly in "Priceless" and I read the book right after watching the documentary, "The Art of the Steal". So, Mr. Wittman is describing his FBI career as returning priceless things to where they can be enjoyed and studied by everyone. And yet the whole point of the battle over the Barnes collection, a private collection that he had access to, but few people did and then only under the guise of becoming a student of the Barnes Institute.

I managed to slog my way through the book, but it was a disappointment.
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Kate Alexis The author actually says in the book that he felt very supported by the FBI while going through the trial for the death of his partner.


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