One of the real larger-than-life characters of the 19th century, Heinrich Schliemann made his fortune in the Russian indigo trade and the California gold rush. He achieved his fame by uncovering the cities Troy and Mycenae. And if it wasn't the Troy of the Trojan War or the Mycenae of Agamemnon, as Schliemann claimed, the value of his discovery, in terms of archeology and pure treasure, is still indisputable. Like Schliemann of Troy
by David Traill
, Caroline Moorehead uncovers Schliemann's arrogance and his propensity to exaggerate, if not lie outright. But she's not so focused on his faults that she's blind to his strengths.
From Library Journal
Moorehead, a biographer and journalist, focuses on the convoluted history of the finds German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann made upon his discovery of Troy, from the time of their excavation to the present decade. Based on interviews and archival research, her work is devoted mainly to a well-written and -researched life of Schliemann, drawing on original documents also used by David Traill in his biography (Schliemann of Troy, LJ 2/1/96), while taking a more generous view of Schliemann's flaws. The remainder of the book deals with the objects taken from Berlin during World War II and shipped to the Soviet Union, where they remained hidden in the Pushkin Museum until two Russian art historians were able to document their whereabouts (see Konstantin Akinsha and others' Beautiful Loot: The Soviet Plunder of Europe's Art Treasures, LJ 8/95). Moorehead has done readers a service by bringing together information on so many aspects of the tale of "Priam's Treasure." Presented like a good detective story, her book is hard to put down. For the general reader.?Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
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