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Posted January 29, 2011
Highly Recommended for Lovers of Italian Art
A beautifully and intelligently written story behind the efforts to protect and repair Italian art during World War II, this exhaustively researched book paints the unlikely story of the care the U.S. military and its allies took in attempting to identify and avoid harming treasured historical buildings, artwork and other artifacts during the Allied campaign in Italy. Where damage and destruction were unavoidable or due to Axis bombings, and with the assistance of scholars at U.S. and British universities, soldiers in Italy at the time with non-wartime occupations in architecture, education and the arts lead the way into war-torn Italian cities and towns to work with local scholars on repatriating, rebuilding and restoring Italy's many artistic treasures.
This book will be a joy to read for anyone who appreciates or has enjoyed the numerous places of artistic beauty in Italy from museums to churches, bridges and palazzi. While highlighting the obvious and near-unavoidable destruction of war, it also serves as a reminder of the many good servicemen who worked behind the scenes to avoid the complete annihilation of civilizations and beauty that came before.
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