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The Monuments Men Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

The Monuments Men Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

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The book that inspired the George Clooney film. This is a serious piece of non-fiction and as such is not as readable as some other books about the war, but if you want to know more about the incredible work these people did in saving Europe’s art and culture then it is well worth the read. Brilliantly detailed and great if you’ve seen the film but are hungry for more.

The film version of The Monuments Men is released in UK cinemas on Friday 14 February 2014. Click below to view the trailer.


The Monuments Men Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

Now a major film starring George Cloooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balan, Jean Dujardin and Dimitri Leonidas.

What if I told you that there was an epic story about World War II that has not been told, involving the most unlikely group of heroes? What if I told you there was a group of men on the front lines who didn't carry machine guns or drive tanks; a new kind of soldier, one charged with saving, not destroying. From caves to castles in a thrilling race against time, these men risked their lives daily to save hundreds of thousands of the world's greatest works of art. They were the Monuments Men, and This is their extraordinary true story. Remarkable . (Washington Post). Engaging, inspiring . (Publishers Weekly).


After World War Two I served as a British member of the 'Monuments'- we were restoring to Europe evidence of its own civilization, which the War seemed virtually to have destroyed - and I was lucky to have had a chance to participate. It is excellent that Mr Edsel has now recorded this remarkable episode, and I am grateful to him for devoting so much energy to telling the stories of those involved. -- Anne Olivier Bell

Highly Readable ... a remarkable history - Washington Post

Engaging and inspiring - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Robert M. Edsel is the author of the non-fiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and the new book Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis, which tells the dramatic story of the Monuments Men in Italy during the Allied invasion of World War II. Mr. Edsel is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film, The Rape of Europa. In addition, he is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity which received the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given in the United States for work in the humanities field. Mr. Edsel has been awarded the Texas Medal of Arts Award; the President's Call to Service Award; and the Hope for Humanity Award, presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He also serves as a Trustee at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Academy Award winner George Clooney will direct and star in a film based on Mr. Edsel's book, The Monuments Men, which is set for theatrical release in December 2013.

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30th November 1999


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