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

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an incredible account of the men and women who helped preserve the culture of humanity during World War II. Admittedly, I picked up this book after having seen the trailer for what looks to be a truly entertaining film (The Monuments Men with George Clooney et al). And I’m so glad I decided to read the book. I hope the movie inspires many more people to read this book.

There is so much information available from the first person accounts of those who lived the task to protect the great artworks of not just the Allies but also of the Germans. While the book focuses on the story of the looted artwork and hidden repositories, you still feel the horrors of the war. While the Monuments Men were not directly fighting they were often in contact (some more directly than others) and witness the destruction and pain all across Europe. Reading this book brought home the importance of art and inspired me about our cultural institutions. It also made me want to read and learn so much more about the history of the war, the people involved, and mostly about the art.

I will admit, this book took me longer to read than I expected because I kept stopping to look up the actual art pieces (I got particularly distracted by Ghent Altarpiece and the Bayeux Tapestry which you can explore in great detail online).

I highly recommend The Monuments Men to art lovers, history buffs, and everyone else.

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Mesulli

Meghan is an environmental scientist by trade but an artist at heart. She loves all things geeky/nerdy and is frequently found with less geeky friends rolling their eyes at her. She often spouts all kinds of pop culture trivia and nonsense stemming from her avid love of movies, music, art, and books. If not curled up with a book (she reads at least one a week) or comic, she can be found painting with something on a screen to distract her. She wishes she was as cool as Veronica Mars or as Kate Daniels. Besides blogging about comics here you can also find her exploring around twitter, instagram, tumblr, pinterest, goodreads, and trying to keep up appearances on her own blog.

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