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"Mr. Edsel has collected hundreds of photographs documenting the extent of the Nazis' looting and the Allies' efforts to protect or rescue art treasures. We see Goering's private museum of stolen masterpieces, American soldiers recovering Leonardo's "Lady With an Ermine" and Rembrandt's rolled-up "Night Watch" being transported across Holland to safety. Particularly memorable is a photograph of the massive "Winged Victory" sculpture in the Louvre being lowered down the museum steps with ropes and pulleys before to its evacuation in advance of the Nazi invasion. One shudders with gratitude -- for the fact that the piece survived the war and for a book that reminds us of what is at stake when the enemies of civilization seize power."
From The Chicago Tribune, Dec 3, 2006:
"Rescuing Da Vinci by Robert M. Edsel...is a crime story, writ so large it covers a continent. It gathers together, for the first time, nearly 500 photos documenting the Nazi theft of tens of thousands of artworks from European museums and private collections. And it details the immense, painstaking, though little-recognized, efforts of Allied armies to recover and return these precious items."
I wasn't expecting such a comprehensive book! The background information and photos of Hitler's early regime and his plans for a gigantic museum really set the stage for the story... Read morePublished 5 months ago by pablotee
An excellent companion for the novel, The Monuments Men. This isn't just a table-top browse, although it is perfect for that. This isn't just a conversation starter. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kim M Shealy
It is a great book with excellent photos. A must have if you are reading The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel.Published 8 months ago by Breta C. Sisson
Item as described. Great book with a lot of photos. Just what I was looking for after watching the movie Monuments Men. Recommend seller.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book after reading Edsel's other books: Monument Men and Saving Italy. AS an art history major and artist, I thoroughly enjoyed this edition as it enriches his... Read morePublished 8 months ago by porcelain princess