Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art : America and Her Allies Recovered It by Robert M. Edsel

 

 davinci3The true tale of a special force of British & Americans during World War II who sought to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.  This rag-tag group of museum directors, curators, art historians and others raced against time (and behind enemy lines) to recover and save the world’s great art work from the Nazis. Adolf Hitler who directed the plunder, was planning on exhibiting his "trophies"  for a `Fuhrer Museum' in his home town of Linz. The inspirational story of these brave men and women is beautifully illustrated through many, many incredibly powerful photographs depicting the theft, storage and recovery of thousands of masterpieces of European art.

  The author later expanded this work into two other in-depth books:  The Monuments Men and Saving Italy.

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