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The Monuments Men
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History | Robert M. Edsel
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At the same time 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 cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "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 Momuments 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 impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.
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Librarybelle
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I gave this one 3.5 stars when I read it a few years ago - good, but it was dry in parts, and didn‘t fully capture my interest in others. Yet, I was completely unaware of this group of men who tracked down art that the Nazis, in true #theraidersmarch fashion, confiscated. It‘s good to highlight the group and to show the trials they went through, and learn of the exquisite pieces and landmarks lost forever. The film was just okay. #SoaringScores

Cinfhen I liked the film / fascinating topic 2w
TrishB I was just thinking about doing this one 👍🏻 thinking cap back on. 2w
Librarybelle @TrishB Great minds think alike! 2w
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Librarybelle @Cinfhen It is a fascinating topic! 2w
CrowCAH It is very fascinating that there was this group to recover the lost art. 2w
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TrishB
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Thank you Kay - such a lovely surprise, this book looks really interesting 😁 😘
Thanks Jenny for the lovely postcard which seems to have taken a few weeks to get here 👍🏻😘

Crazeedi Good story! 3mo
TrishB @Crazeedi it looks it 👍🏻 3mo
Caroline2 I haven‘t read the book but I remember seeing the film years ago. Really interesting story. 👍🏻 3mo
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TrishB @Caroline2 not seen the film 👍🏻 3mo
kaysworld1 I'm glad you like it. I'm looking at finding it in large print now 🤦 3mo
TrishB @kaysworld1 a kindle is great for large fonts 👍🏻 3mo
kaysworld1 @TrishB I'm going to have to learn to love kindle and audio books because the fonts in most of these books are terrible. I've got my glasses and my magnifying glass 🕵️‍♀️😆 3mo
TrishB @kaysworld1 you can set very big font sizes on the kindle (prob on all e-readers) and you can get some real bargains! 3mo
kaysworld1 @TrishB I'm going to pick my new hoover up from Argos tomorrow so I'll have a look then even if it's just for when I'm home, thanks Hun x 3mo
TrishB @kaysworld1 👍🏻 3mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Came across this article this morning it is very interesting and something I guess I never thought about. I always assumed they just burned all the books like this.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/arts/nazi-loot-on-library-shelves.html?fbclid...

Crazeedi This hurts my heart 9mo
Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing this powerful article! 9mo
Soubhiville What a great article. Thanks for posting. 9mo
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DivineDiana I had not heard of this. It is good to see that some of the books are finding their rightful families. 9mo
OrangeMooseReads @DivineDiana I hadn‘t either. Like I wrote I just assumed they burned or destroyed books of Jewish origin. It is great that there are people working hard to find and return those stolen books to the rightful families. 9mo
OrangeMooseReads @Crazeedi it is heartbreaking, but encouraging too that there are people working incredibly hard to return these stolen items to their rightful owns. 9mo
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Samary

The book above is what I‘m currently reading. This year I am challenging myself to read only books I already own!
The only exceptions are audiobooks from my library app (which my BF thinks is cheating but c‘mon. I‘ve already listened to all the audiobooks I owned but 1!!)
And buying for my book review club.
Gotta thin out that bookshelf!!!

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CMCurtis77
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Ready to read a little non-fiction about my favorite era in history!!

KTOHARA Hi! I'm new! I did a search about the SS book because I want to read it. So I looked at this book and you said it is your fave topic or time. Anyway, I want to recommend a terrific book to you. 11mo
KTOHARA It's on my iPad, I think, and I am on my ipod. Please message me because I may not find you so easily. I'd give it a top rating! I've also read a lot from WWII. I minored in History and LOVED it! 11mo
CMCurtis77 I followed you so I should be on your list... I love to get any recommendations 🙂 11mo
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lauraodom
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Day 12: Backlist
Just a few I own that are on the evergrowing TBR pile.
#Ampersand2018

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calicodreamin
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A very educational and I hope historically accurate book. You really get transported to the time and the atmosphere. It‘s a very technical and complex read. I would expect to pick it up and breeze through (unless your that kind of reader!) however, sometimes I like to take the time to fully understand a book. Especially when it‘s concept is steeped in such truth and grief. But as always, the glimmer of hope.

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Aims42
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My next read with the birthday gift I bought myself, this gorgeous bookmark! New gift idea for birthdays; the recipient‘s favorite book with one of these bookmarks from @Babiesandbooks 💖💕💖💕💖

Bookartbookmarks ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Aims42 @Babiesandbooks I‘ll be sure to leave a review on your Etsy store too, I can‘t until the 31st 😕 I love this bookmark, I‘ll definitely be ordering more! 2y
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Aims42
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Today was great day! The books are my a result of a very successful trip to Half Price Books with my parents (Love getting gift cards for Christmas 🤗) and my mom sewed the pillows for me from some unused cloth napkins ❤️

Mdargusch I love the pillows and the books! 2y
Aims42 @Mdargusch Thank you!!! I‘m excited to read the books and the pillows are a comfy addition to the couch 🤗 2y
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A.mart
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Been reading this book probably all year.... it‘s a great book and an even more amazing story that I‘m thrilled to read about. It‘s just so long; I‘m almost there though

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Oblomov26
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Have not seen the movie, but the concept grabbed me and it was cheap. A good story in a dark time, about a group of men and women who were tasked with protecting and recovering the artistic and cultural heritage of Europe during 1944-45. Not a story of traditional heroes but of dedicated and passionate people who were willing to risk (and in some case lose) their life for a greater human good, a good so often perverted during times of war

Texreader Loved the book. The movie is not very good 2y
Laura317 I loved the book, too. I‘ve not seen the movie. 2y
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Kristy_K
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I liked this in depth look at how art shaped part of WWII. There were some interesting facts and details that I never knew.

#history #WWII

Laura317 I was amazed at all the art that was saved and lost. 2y
Kristy_K @Laura317 Me too! I always took for granted all of the art in museums, but their survival through wars has given me a new appreciation. 2y
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StephanieMarie
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Audiobooks are best with this #readingbuddy since if I stop petting her for too long she meows at me 😸 #catsoflitsy

CareBear 😻😻😻😻what a beautiful kitty! 2y
Zelma What a cutie! 😻 2y
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Sarah83
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Ich hab bei dem Thema nicht direkt an die Kriegshandlungen gedacht, sondern an das, was neben dem Krieg noch passiert. Den Film habe ich schon gesehen, das Buch steht noch aus..

I thought about this subject not directly about the war itself, but instead some things that also happened during war time. I saw the movie, but I have to read the book. ..

#War #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

Readingrobin Inspired photo! I wasn't crazy about the movie but interesting. 2y
TNbookworm The book is excellent! 2y
RealBooks4ever That's a great photo! 💜😀 2y
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Kangaj1
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#MOREORLESS Probably my fave nonfiction lately...

Laura317 I agree! I kept stopping to google things as I read it. I hope there are still Monuments people out there... 2y
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Laura317
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I loved this book! If you like WW2, art, intrigue, and fact-heavy books, this is for you! It took me forever to read because i was always stopping to Google an art piece, town or person of interest. Fascinating look at what these brave souls endured to save and reclaim Europe's cultural masterpieces from the Nazis. I heartily recommend.

Cinfhen I was thinking of suggesting this for my nonfiction bookclub choice, what do u think? Bookclub worthy??? 3y
Laura317 @Cinfhen I think it could be. It took me a good 2 weeks to read - but I slowed down a lot because of all the information. Several good discussion topics in this book. You might Google to see if there is a discussion guide to help you decide. 😀 3y
Cinfhen Great idea, thanks! 3y
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Laura317 You're welcome! 3y
Laura317 I meant to add that this is #13 for my #LRC2017. 3y
Reviewsbylola Great picture, I love it! 3y
kspenmoll That picture...! Book sounds fascinating! 3y
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Laura317
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Laura317 Back to my slog through this book. It's good, but my goodness is it slow going for me. 🐌🐌🐌 3y
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Laura317
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Gosh what a slog! I've been reading this book for 6,438 days and an only 111 pages in. I suppose this is what I'd grab if aliens beamed me up. Good book, but slow going. #aliens 👽📚

drbethandherkindle Completely agree with you about it being a slog! 3y
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Laura317
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Laura317
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I may have gone a bit sticker crazy, but this quote inside the first pages of the book gives me chill bumps of the best kind.

Libby1 ❤❤❤ 3y
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Laura317
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I decided to go ahead and start this now. I have as my bookmark the Israeli one a friend brought back to me. It seemed fitting. I love to read anything about adventure, art, and WWII. This book hits all three.

TrishB This looks interesting 😀 3y
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Laura317
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I'm watching Woman in Gold, a movie about a painting stolen by the Nazis. I remembered that I had this book. Going to dive into this soon - but not until I'm done with some other heavy reads.

CocoReads @Laura317 this movie came up at family dinner on Sunday because at some point there's a shot of Vienna and my niece saw a building with my maiden name "Scherer" on it. Turns out it's a restaurant in the Jewish district of Vienna. Which begs the question, was our family Jewish at some point? 3y
melrailey I loved Woman in Gold. It came out right after I had visited Austria and saw Klimpt's work in Vienna. 3y
JHgotham This book is great:) 3y
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Laura317 @CocoReads You should try to find out! @melrailey That is such a good movie! I'd love to see Klimt's work. 3y
Laura317 @JHgotham I might have to move it to the top of my tbr then. 3y
CocoReads I asked my grandpa. He says he doesnt know but then he also said if his mom and aunt Esther had stayed in Germany (they went over for the olympics in 34) they probably wouldn't have made it out alive. 3y
Laura317 @CocoReads Wow! 😱 3y
CocoReads It was interesting for sure. He says he's got a journal or something that Esther wrote that he wants my dad to see so I'm hoping to get a peek at it as well. 3y
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This is a recent #bookhaul. It was bonus time at work, so I bought hard copies of a bunch of books I read as library books and e-books. Loved all of these, except for Pirate Hunters, but it's the only one I haven't read yet! Happy to put these on my shelves. Cosmo doesn't like when I pay attention to anything that isn't him. #catsoflitsy

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Songbird918
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Loved the movie, so now I'm listening to the audiobook.

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Tsubame
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A "little" bit of non-fiction in between ? At school I've been taught for years about all the crimes and cruelties the Nazis committed, so much that at the end I was getting fed up with it, but that's better than playing down what happened back then. About the Monuments Men I had never heard before the movie though and I found this book among my fathers books in Berlin and was happy that he said I could have it.

Sarah83 Have you already seen the film? 3y
Lynnsoprano Loved the film, and the book is TBR. 3y
Tsubame @Sarah83 No, I didn't, which I'm glad about because the movies hardly ever are as good as the books. 3y
Sarah83 I saw the movie first because I didn't know that there is also a book. Now I don't start the book because I think I know all about it. 😐 3y
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thefictionalreader
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I FINISHED IT 🙌 Okay, that sounded really negative. It took me about a month to read this, but not because it is a slow read or boring. I just didn't have time for it.

This was a fascinating read. I never really thought about the artwork during WWII. How the bombardments could have easily destroyed hundreds of years of European culture. How Jewish families lost every possession, especially the art. I think this is such an important read!! 👌

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LaurenReads
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This book was so good! I saw the movie and once again the book was so much better!! I loved learning more about the men and women that protected art during WWII.

Texreader It is a fantastic book!!! 3y
TNbookworm Great book, really enjoyed it! 3y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I loved this story about art and humanity. A good non fiction which has a story and a plot and characters.

PatriciaU One of the real Monuments Men, Leslie Poste, lived in western NY and operated an antiquarian book shop in Geneseo for years. When he passed away, he left the contents of his shop to my library. What an honor and amazing experience it was to sift through the years of his life through his books. 3y
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Kristy_K
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Yet another book that's been on my #tbr for too long. The story of the men who saved a hoard of art (and culture) from the Nazis.
#seasonsreadings2016 - #artrelatedbooks

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LaurenReads
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I didn't enjoy the movie all that much, but I love the story - have any of you read this? On my TBR. #artrelatedbooks #seasonsreadings2016

Emiller On my TBR list too. Fascinating story 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Yes, I read this and it was really interesting! Great story. 👌🏼 3y
itsbrb Great story! Gave it to my dad for Christmas last year so he could enjoy it, too! 3y
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Pinkmeghan This is on my Kindle! I keep meaning to read it and somehow it never seems the right time! One day!!! 3y
lauralovesbooks1 I listened to the audio and thought it was fascinating. 3y
LaurenReads @lauralovesbooks1 ooh audio - I'm going to do that! 3y
MamaGina I urge you to read this! In another life I was a tour guide at an art museum and Robert Edsel gave a lecture during training for an exhibit we had on reclaimed art. He is a leader in this important work and a talented writer as well.🤓(P.S. That movie was ridiculous👎🏼) 3y
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If you saw the highly touted movie with big names before reading the book then you'd probably think the book was going to be just as bad. I think this five star book was sadly #ruinedbythemovie. Not sure if that's the intent of today's #octphotochallenge but that's how I read it. This is really an excellently written book that I couldn't put down. Highly recommended!!

Larkken I found the movie pretty blah, too, though I had high hopes given the actors! At least it's been a while, so I can check out the book without the movie shadowing it by now... 3y
Erynecki You might want to check out the documentary film: Rape of Europa. 3y
MamaGina When I lived in TX I worked at a modern art museum as a tour guide. Robert Edsel gave an amazing talk in conjunction with a special exhibit we had on reclaimed art. I have several of his books and they are all excellent. I agree, the movie was awful. 3y
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ValerieAndBooks Yep, saw the movie, have the book in my TBR. I don't usually do it backwards like that but the movie was a compromise between my hubby (war movie) and me (art history)! 3y
LibrarianRyan Dang. You make me feel bad. I loved this movie. But I know I will never read the book. 3y
britt_brooke Good to know! Hubby and I watched the movie a few months backs and it was really disappointing. 3y
Texreader @LibrarianRyan I'm so sorry! I didn't intend to! This was one of those situations where the events in the book were so much more complex and intense and the movie just couldn't convey it. Maybe if I hadn't read the book first... 3y
Texreader @britt_brooke I do recommend you read the book anyway. I could barely out it down. 3y
Texreader @ValerieAndBooks I hope you'll still read the book. It is so good!! 3y
Texreader @MamaGina After I read the book I saw Edsel speak on TV about the topic. He was amazing!! I'm so jealous you got to hear him in person!! 3y
Texreader @Larkken Good point. I remember I was so disappointed but you are right. It's been enough time that it shouldn't affect how you feel about the book. I hope you like it. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Texreader I definitely plan to read the book but don't know when (so many books so little time)! 3y
Erynecki @Texreader and Josh Peterson is the editor. Josh is the consulting editor on my documentary. 3y
Texreader @Erynecki That is awesome. I'll want to check it out!! 3y
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jessberk13
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I loved loved LOVED this book!!! On sale for Kindle today! #ebookdeal

That-Bookish-Hiker I've seen the movie but I didn't know it was a book! 3y
Carissa-Green-Reads For people who like this topic, I recommend "The Rape of Europa" by Lynn Nichols. Just as good with more breadth. 3y
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Texreader
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Part 2 of the #nonfictionlove. I also love really well written nonfiction historical accounts like these brilliant novels. I didn't realize I had an affinity for World War II until I put these together. I highly recommend all of these books.

PurpleyPumpkin The Monuments Men was great! I haven't read the others though. More for my tbr! 3y
Texreader @PurpleyPumpkin We Die Alone and Unbroken are impossible to put down. But beware there are some very difficult parts to read that these guys had to endure. 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for the tags, much appreciated! 3y
Texreader @PurpleyPumpkin I am happy to oblige! 3y
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KennethTolesJr
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My wife bought me this book yesterday. I can't lie, I'm excited and can't wait to get into it! It's going to be an awesome read! And I'll be using my Bookish Impulses bookmark in this one (the first one I will have used it in).

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