Book Review: The Monuments Men – Robert Edsel

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Title: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Author: Robert Edsel ISBN: 9781599951508 Pages: 512 Release Date: September 17, 2010 Publisher: Center Street Genre: Nonfiction, History, Art History Source: Personal Copy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Summary: During the World War II advance of the Allied armies towards Germany, history and culture was being lost along the way. Not only were historic structures in danger when battles took place, but even more importantly, the Nazis had looted every country they occupied and had made off with countless priceless items. With astounding foresight, the Allied forces created the Monuments Men, a group whose mission was to protect and preserve Europe’s culture, art, and history (including that of Germany’s, which would previously have been divided as spoils of war amongst the victors). . . .

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