"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.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago by tleeminnieme
Well written explanation of the controversy over the return of antiquities to the country of origin. Focus on the Getty Museum and its personnel. Well documentedPublished 3 months ago by Roger Neustadter
A must read for anyone who thinks crimes are only "blue collar" actions. A look into the world of the cultured criminals.Published 3 months ago by Byron F. Findley
Very interesting subject, but so much information it was hard to follow at times. I remember the headlines when all of this was in the papers, and now I know the details
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