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WWII was the most destructive war in history and caused the greatest dislocation of cultural artifacts. Hundreds of thousands of items remain missing. The main burden fell to a few hundred men and women, curators and archivists, artists and art historians from 13 nations. Their task was to save and preserve what they could of Europe's great art, and they were called the Monuments Men. (Coincidentally or not, this book appears only briefly after Ilaria Dagnini Brey's The Venus Fixers: The Untold Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II, Reviews, June 1.) Edsel has presented their achievements in documentaries and photographs. He and Witter (coauthor of the bestselling Dewey) are no less successful here. Focusing on the organization's role in northwest Europe, they describe the Monuments Men from their initial mission to limit combat damage to structures and artifacts to their changed focus of locating missing items. Most had been stolen by the Nazis. In southern Germany alone, over a thousand caches emerged, containing everything from church bells to insect collections. The story is both engaging and inspiring. In the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss. (Sept. 3)
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"After World War Two I served as a British member of the 'Monuments' section in Germany. Our task, I believe, was truly important - we were restoring to Europe evidence of its own civilization, which the War seemed virtually to have destroyed - and I was lucky to have had a chance to participate. It is excellent that Mr Edsel has now recorded this remarkable episode, and I am grateful to him for devoting so much energy to telling the stories of those involved." -- Anne Olivier Bell "Highly Readable ... a remarkable history" Washington Post "Engaging and inspiring" Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives unit came over into first North Africa and then Europe with the various (Western) Allied invasions. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Craig MACKINNON
Great book! I enjoyed learning about a lesser known piece of WWII history, but yet so very important. Don't look at the photos on the back until you read the entire book! ;-)Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
The movie was more tense and Hollywood, you didn't get a sense that these were not men likely to wind up in a foxhole but the book is faithful to the greatest generation and their... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Melissa Rosen
I lived during WWII and have spent many years reading and teaching about it. I have spent time in Europe in places mentioned in the book. I found that Mr. Read morePublished 10 days ago by A.C.
Such an interesting story. I read this before the movie came out, and I recommend it even if you've seen the movie as there's so much more included here, so many details about the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by SS
Really good book. Without it, most would not know about the art that was almost lost to the destruction of one mad man. Informative book.Published 13 days ago by tmead27