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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    What A Fascinating Historical Event

    This book is promoted as a historical fiction piece but reads like a well documented non fiction work with ample foot notes and inclusion of quotes from primary sources. I will warn that if you are reading this for the mystery aspect you may be disappointed because the book focuses more on the history of Paris, The Mona Lisa, and the emergence of modern art in all of its conflicts with Renaissance art. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

    There were many theories afloat as to the responsible parties from Picasso and
    Apollonaire, to the government in order to deflect tension from the approaching war, to emerging American wealthy intent on increasing their holdings, to those trying to expose the inadequacies of The Louvre security. Scotti lays out the evidence and events in a concise interesting read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Better News story

    A disappointment at best. Stretched from a two page newspaper article to a book with little insight or resolve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

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    Interesting, Not the Da Vinci Code.

    I really looked forward to this book. The subject was very interesting and unknown to me. It was not the exciting book that we are used to. The way this was presented made it sound like another "DaVinci Code." However this was very factual reading, not the truly thrilling. I'm glad I read the story, but it is not one of my favorite books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    A LIGHT AND LIKEABLE TRUE CRIME MYSTERY

    “By 1911 the fleecing of American millionaires was a cottage industry in Europe.”—page 148

    Who knew? Probably millions of people, but I wasn’t one of them.

    'Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa,' by R. A. Scotti was my introduction to the fact that the Mona Lisa had once been stolen from the Louvre in Paris—a very high profile art theft by an apparently low profile, even amateurish, but very successful, thief.

    Was he but one more foil of a capable con-man? Or are we, the readers?

    And what about those wild and crazy friends of Picasso?

    Recommendation: This is a very good, true-crime, whodunit and why.

    “…but it is a fine, romantic tale, which ought to be true if it isn’t.”—page 163

    NOOKbook from Barnes and Noble, 184 pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Holy crap.

    Apperentley she has no eyebrows. And yes she is back. Has been fo a while.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Is she back

    Is she back in the musuem

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Fat and fabululouse murielle

    Murielle comes alive!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    "A Must Read"

    After reading this book one can understand why the "Mona Lisa" has reently been moved to a more secure area with massive layers of protective shielding. Ones now taking photos will capture themselves to reflect society today.

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