The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Edsel, Robert M. (Paperback - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Monuments Men
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"The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command"--Provided by the publisher.
Authors: Edsel, Robert M.
Statement of Responsibility: Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Title: The monuments men
allied heroes, Nazi thieves and the greatest treasure hunt in history
Publisher: New York : Center Street / Hachette Book Group, 2010
Edition: 1st trade ed
Characteristics: xvi, 473 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary: "The previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command"--Provided by the publisher.
Subject Headings: Cultural property Protection Europe History 20th century Art treasures in war Europe History 20th century World War, 1939-1945 Destruction and pillage Europe World War, 1939-1945 Art and the war World War, 1939-1945 Confiscations and contributions Germany Art thefts Germany History 20th century Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section History
Topical Term: Cultural property
Art treasures in war
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Art thefts
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret
ISBN: 1599951509
Branch Call Number: 940.531 E
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Nov 13, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Came to this via the film. The film grows on me the more I watch it but I was frustrated at the lack of detail and little off topic meanderings. Was greatly satisfied on the detail here. The size of the group, the sheer amount of work and effort involved, and the recent acknowledgment of their services after decades of passing notice. Why only three stars? It was hard to follow at points. Keeping track of all the minor officers and keeping everyone's missions straight while context of what was going on in combative efforts took some doing. I can see why they really trimmed it down for the film - too much but still. I did, however, get what I was looking for though and I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to know more after seeing the film or perhaps avoided the film entirely.

Aug 13, 2014
  • ReadingWriter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I toured a beautiful area in Germany, I had no idea the Nazis had once hidden a tremendous cache of stolen artwork in that area. I learned about that, and much more, by the time I turned the last page of "The Monuments Men." The authors made the chaotic time come alive, as men and women fought a mostly secret war to protect and recover cultural treasures at risk from bombs and greed. The book does a wonderful job of showing the characters and personalities of those involved, and the loved ones they left behind, making me care about what happened to them. A little less successful were the short chapters that jumped from subject to subject. I'm so glad, though, that I persevered and finished the book. I learned so much about the monuments men and women who worked under extreme conditions to uncover secret Nazi holdings stolen from families and whole countries. It is a fascinating story.

Jul 01, 2014
  • JWW_O rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Even after reading other books about WWII, this gives a new prospective to the war and the sacrifices men and women did for their countries. We owe these hero's a huge debt and it can't be paid. We must never forget!

Jun 17, 2014
  • 1tarheel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well written, very clear, and .... who are these guys? How is it we've never heard of them before?

Jun 03, 2014
  • sunnye1988 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Monuments Men is an amazing book. A page turner; hard to put the book down until the very end. Read like a story rather than a textbook. I have visited towns such as Trier, Nancy and Berchtesgaden, and never knew that Hitler's henchmen hid looted art treasures there. The best part is one of the Monuments Men got to keep the art stolen from his grandfather. Rose Velland, French museum curator received the good credit she deserved for her bravery (not too many women get credit for their bravery). I applaud the author for recognizing a woman for her part in saving great works of art; however, unfortunately minor works of art considered decadent by Hitler were burned. The movie, too, was exceptional; an accurate detail of the book. The names in the movie were changed, but easy to follow the plot. It was an advantage to see the movie right after reading the book when it was fresh in my mind. Both the book AND the movie were worth perusing.

May 21, 2014
  • RoseSuites rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reading this book was interesting and gave me a new perspective of our (US) role in World War II and the art world. This should be required reading for everyone.

May 13, 2014
  • kakacurt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you love books about art/provenance and history, this is the best book I have read in a long while. Even if you are not interested in art, it is a very intriguing book. It amazed me the lengths that Hitler went through to appropriate his collections.

Mar 19, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved it. It was awesome! I want a second one!

Mar 13, 2014
  • Lauraparr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great piece of history. I can't believe this is not part of the history curriculum. Much has been said about WWII but it's great to hear that some men not only fought for our future but also to preserve our past. Simply wonderful.

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Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date December 18, 2013 (USA)


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