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Fantastic read and education!
on May 13, 2013
What an adventure I just returned from. Saving Italy puts you right back into the Italy of WWII and the threat war meant to the art and monuments of the country. Written from the perspective of the Monuments Men, the Allied art historians who volunteered for service to help saving and protecting whatever they could, as they joined the armies on their way up the Italian peninsula., this book is full of fascinating first hand experiences, combined with historical facts about places and Italian, German and Allied characters involved in the protection (or not) of the cultural heritage of this treasure trove of a country. And on top of that, Robert Edsel compellingly tells the story of how the war in Italy was brought to an early end through secret negotiations between the US Secret Services (OSS) and an SS-General who was in charge of some of the most important works of art Italy owns, the treasures from the Uffizi in Florence. What their fate was, and how Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" in Milan made it through - barely so - you might want to read yourself. Absolutely fascinating! Ollie Hill