Curt Hopkins Hopkins'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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Dec 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: art, history, wwii
Read from December 29, 2012 to January 04, 2013

One of the best books I've read in the last year. Having been to concentration camps, I have ZERO hard-on for WWII history, but this story was really exciting, and important. Saving the patrimony of the West, our collective journal of our journey through time, from a bunch of cheap thugs was extraordinary. As the author points out, practically all of the American cultural landscape was influenced by Monuments Men in their civilian roles, and the WWII experience opened America up to that shared cultural life.

If there's a fault with the book, it's that each of the eight main characters deserved a book of his or her own - and probably the other 350 monuments men (and women) as well.

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