Amberlynne's Reviews > Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum

Chasing Aphrodite by Jason Felch
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Jun 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: art, history, true-crime, dc-library
Read from June 26 to 27, 2011

First of all, if you love museums, especially museums in the U.S., do not read this book! It will only depress you. Most of this has been in the news at some point but I apparently never paid attention to it? It's fascinating, in a gross way, to get an inside view of the way museum curators built collections with looted items and justified it as being for the greater good. Their egotism that somehow their museums are the rightful places for the great art of other countries is just so gross to read about. And the way the wealthy use art and foundations to launder their money and escape paying taxes! SO INFURIATING!!

That said, it's a well written book and I felt like I learned a lot, so that's good!

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