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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
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Apr 14, 11

Read from April 03 to 14, 2011

A few military men during World War II were designated to ensure that Europe’s art works did not sustain undue damage from acts of war. They succeeded in many respects, identifying cathedrals, castles, museums and posting signs designed to thwart looting. They also tracked artworks stolen by the Nazis and secreted away to Germany. The book features two back-and forth story lines, one about the art and culture and another about the preservation people. I had to continually flip back to the picture pages of characters near the front of the book in order to keep their wartime treks straight. Most interesting is toward the end as Germany disintegrates and monument men search in the gloom of darkened caves for looted art works before they can be destroyed by retreating Nazis or fall into the hand of the Soviets.
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