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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert M. Edsel, Marlen Suyapa Bodden, Robert Edsel, Bret Witter Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Jeremy Davidson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the same time that Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The fuehrer had begun cataloging the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: the so-called “degenerate” works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “That so much of what they stole was eventually recovered by this tiny band of determined people was nothing short of miraculous. It makes for a terrific story.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Edsel has presented their achievements in documentaries and photographs. He and Witter…Focusing on the organization’s role in northwest Europe, they describe the Monuments Men from their initial mission to limit combat damage to structures and artifacts to their changed focus of locating missing items. Most had been stolen by the Nazis. In southern Germany alone, over a thousand caches emerged, containing everything from church bells to insect collections. The story is both engaging and inspiring..[that] in the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This intriguing story, told largely through letters written by the rescuers and now in various government archives, will appeal to many general and military history readers.”

    Library Journal

  • “This book recounts how a small group of art historians and restorers, curators, and archivists sought to save art treasures during WWII. It reads more like an adventure novel than a mere retelling of history, especially after the unit’s mission changes from preserving treasures from bombing to recovering looted artwork. And that’s the tone that reader Jeremy Davidson delivers. He varies the pacing effectively, based on the nature of the text. He speeds up slightly during exciting action-filled sequences. He reads letters and documents with a flatter tone, making it easy for listeners to discern when the document stops and the author’s words resume. He also gives a slight but not intrusive or cartoonish British accent to quotations by Britishers.

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Library Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Josh | 2/19/2014

    " 3.5 stars. A great micro story of ww2. The assiduous work of french rose valland and Jacque jaujard in impossible times during the war is worth the read. The coincidences of Harry eitlengers life amongst the chaos of war is alone a movie. His family flees from Europe only for him to come back as a monument man and recover his and many other families stolen art pieces. The success of some of the noteable monument men after the war is impressive. If you've been to a museum in Europe you should thank these guys for the walls not missing so many cultural treasures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kensingtonpalace | 2/13/2014

    " Fantastic and moving book, clearly describing a little-known but important story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bookchurn | 2/5/2014

    " A fantastic read about preserving art in the middle of war. I never thought of this before and was astonished by the lengths gone to by individuals to steal or preserve priceless art in the midst of chaos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carolyn Crocker | 2/2/2014

    " This ambitious book may attempt too much--setting too many characters on both sides, complicated maneuvers and tricky bureaucratic brinksmanship against a backdrop of raging battles and falling cities. But it captures the chaos of war, the dedication of those tasked with preserving the world's cultural heritage, and the singleminded rapacity of the enemy. "

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