"Chasing Aphrodite is an epic story that, from the first page, grabs you by the lapels and won’t let go. Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino have penetrated the inner sanctum of one of the world’s most powerful museums, exposing how its caretakers – blinded by greed, arrogance and self-deception – eagerly tapped international networks of criminals in pursuit of the next great masterpiece. It is a breathtaking tale that I guarantee will keep you reading late into the night. - Kurt Eichenwald, author of CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS: A True Story
I am finding this book very interesting and enjoy reading it.
Or there's the two-faced curator who decries the "avarice" of museums that buy art of dubious origin while she purchases looted antiquities again and again.
Sometimes from reading about what happened and other times for the fact that it really did happen.
Interesting reporting on the subject of preserving and studying the treasures of antiquityPublished 3 days ago by Ben
A very thoroughly researched and fascinating account of what otherwise could have been a rather dry account of museum dealings. Ancient Greece and, especially, Italy came to life. Read morePublished 23 days ago by nasus
Thoroughly engrossing book. It confirms what I recall hearing about from my connected museum people. Anyone interested in antiquities should read this book.Published 24 days ago by Joel H. Roth
The stories of illegally excavated art investigated in this book span decades of smuggling, legal battles, and near constant prevarication on the part of museums. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ava Lynn
This book is an interesting walk through the history of the Getty Museum. I found the ethics and challenges of pursuing antiquities in the 70s, 80s, and 90s fascinating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cara Putman
Creates a stark picture of the underbelly of antiquities acquisitions that casts a shadow of institutional corruption in prestigious museums.Published 3 months ago by Colleen S.
I found this to be an interesting read. While I knew there were ownership arguments over some pieces in some museums, I had no idea of the extent of the controversy, the lawsuits,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by luvourdog
Wow - reads like a thriller and packed full of information. Not only does the author expose the ugly history of looted antiquities, but he skillfully sets forth the historical... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rosier
I NEVER knew museums were into such skulduggery ! I always assumed that with their cultured airs they were cultured people of cultured tastes and impeccable standards. Read morePublished 4 months ago by tleeminnieme