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Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art-America and Her Allies Recovered It

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Rescuing Da Vinci uses 460 photographs to tell the "untold story of the 'Monuments Men'" and their discovery of more than 1,000 repositories filled with millions of items including paintings, sculptures, furniture, archives and other treasures stolen during WWII by Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. Rescuing Da Vinci includes photographs of Hitler designing the Fuhrer Museum, along with photographs of the extraordinary measures taken by museum officials in Europe to protect their masterpieces from the Nazis' planned ...

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Rescuing Da Vinci uses 460 photographs to tell the "untold story of the 'Monuments Men'" and their discovery of more than 1,000 repositories filled with millions of items including paintings, sculptures, furniture, archives and other treasures stolen during WWII by Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. Rescuing Da Vinci includes photographs of Hitler designing the Fuhrer Museum, along with photographs of the extraordinary measures taken by museum officials in Europe to protect their masterpieces from the Nazis' planned looting. Ultimately, Hitler and the Nazis' unprecedented theft of Europe gave way to the greatest treasure hunt in history, the search for art and other treasures valued at more than a trillion dollars! The Allies created a special force known as Monuments, Fine Art and Archives Section comprised of museum directors, curators and art historians- men and women from more than 15 nations who spent more than six years locating, rescuing and then returning these treasures to the countries from which they were stolen. Efforts to locate and return missing artwork continue to this day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977434909
  • Publisher: Laurel Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Edsel began his career in the oil & gas business. While living in Europe in 1996, he developed an interest in the looting and rescuing of artworks during WWII. He has spent the last three years researching this subject. Mr. Edsel is an author, film producer, lecturer and investor who resides in Dallas, Texas.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Lynn Nicholas     vii
Foreword   Edmund P. Pillsbury, Ph.D.     ix
Author's Preface     x
Prologue     1
Setting the Stage     9
Preparations     47
War Arrives     87
Theft by Any Other Name     105
Heroes and Heroines     127
Treasure Found     153
Collecting Points     207
Homeward Bound     227
Casualties of War     259
Epilogue     285
Sources     290
Credits     295
Index     298
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    A miraculous book about a miraculous enterprise

    This magnificent book documents -- just as the participants, the 'Monument Men,' are passing from the scene -- the heroic efforts of America and her allies in recovering the vast horde of art treasures stolen by the Nazis theroughout WWII. The scholarship is meticulous. The photographs, many of them juxtaposed with full-color plates of the paintings you see the GIs unearthing, are stunning. One picture alone -- of Ike, Patton and Bradley inspecting the art hidden in a mine at Merkers, Germany -- is worth the price of the book, and will stay in your memory forever. It was taken on April 12, 1945, a day the generals visited one of the first concentration camps liberated by American forces...and the day FDR died. This book exquisitely describes a landmark in the history of Western art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    Imagine a World without the Mona Lisa

    I just watched the Book TV presentation with Robert Edsel about this fascinating nearly forgotten piece of history and was blown away that such an important event has been all but forgotten. Here is a book about what we as Americans, through the selfless efforts of the Monument Men, did to prevent the destruction and disappearance of the great masterpieces of Europe and Japan. The work done by the Monument Men is of interest to everyone, from history buffs to artists, and needs to be recognized for what it truly was, a gift for the World.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    WOW

    I loved the book. I have an art history degree and I can't believe we don't give this subject more attention. This reminded me so much of Indian Jones, but It's all true!!

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