Lynn Pribus's Reviews > The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
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Jan 04, 10

Read in January, 2010

Very thoroughly researched and completely new information to me -- the small group of men who strove to protect and recover works of art that were plundered, stolen and "removed for safekeeping" by the Nazis during WWII.

I listened to it and while the reader did adopt some accents, he really just read the book rather than performing it. Some sections were inclined to be a bit, well, long on detail, but overall a very interesting book with staggering statistics.

Thousands of art works and historic objects that were looted and removed to Germany and Austria -- much stored in immense salt mines. In one, there were 40,000 (not a typo) cases of things -- painting, sculpture, altars, photographs, china, silver, clocks, church relics, entire stained glass windows.

At the end, the author describes the lives of the main characters from after the war until their deaths -- a very interesting compilation.
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