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Without Allied intervention, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Titian, and Botticelli might have become casualties of World War II. Robert Edsel's Saving Italy tells the eventful story of how General Dwight Eisenhower deputized specially trained soldiers not to capture cities, but to retrieve billions of dollars worth of art treasures seized by the Nazis in wartime Italy. The particulars of this little-known offensive reveal some startling surprises; for example, as his retreating compatriots were busy destroying Renaissance landmarks, a Nazi general risked his own life to rescue Italian treasures. A riveting story of war and art wholly worthy of crossover readership.