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The Fine Art Underworld,
This review is from: Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists (Hardcover)
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My interest in this book stems from viewing a CNBC's American Greed episode detailing the spectacular heist of Boston's Isabella Stewart Museum that went down in the dead of night on March 18, 1990. The thieves targeted 13 very specific artworks, including major Rembrandts, while leaving very valuable works intact on the walls. The thieves did their dirty work by cruelly slashing the desired paintings from their mountings. This book offers details surrounding the resulting investigations and was written in collaboration with the security director of the Isabella Stewart Museum, Anthony Amore, who became employed w/ the museum post-robbery. This particular crime remains unsolved and, from what I understand, the museum has chosen to leave the empty frames of the stolen paintings as is, in memorium for their much loved and lost masterpieces.
Another famous heist that occurred in the Taft Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a chapter and another section concentrates on robberies from (upper crusty) private homes. For an international perspective, there are chapters regarding foreign thefts in Britain and Sweden.
As this book is highly detailed, it is not suggested as a light read. So, while it might not be light and fluffy, it's a plus for people like me who love viewing the deviants of this world through a magnifying glass.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2011 7:52:03 AM PDT
Anthony Amore says:
Thank you for the review!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 9:42:49 AM PDT
Suzinne Barrett says:
Comments from the actual author? Wow, I am truly honored, sir.
Posted on Feb 17, 2012 7:18:38 AM PST
Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this! I think you've got it reversed though...Tom Mashberg is a reporter and never worked for the museum. Anthony Amore was employed post-robbery. I live in Boston and see their names all the time...
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2012 11:47:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2012 11:49:32 AM PST
Suzinne Barrett says:
If you say it's so, I'll take your word for it. Appreciate you setting the record straight, and I will revise my review accordingly.
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