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The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft | Ulrich Boser
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Boser cracks the cold case of the art worlds greatest unsolved mystery. Vanity Fair The True Story of the Worlds Largest Unsolved Art Theft, The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating account of a brazen and amazing criminal acta book that could help police and investigators solve the mystery of the 1990 break-in and burglary at Bostons Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A tantalizing whodunit (Boston Globe) and a riveting, wonderfully vivid account [that] takes you into the underworld of obsessed art detectives, con men, and thieves (Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting), The Gardner Heist is true crime history at its most spellbinding.
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@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Tagged book is the true story of the largest unsolved art theft. Two men stole a dozen masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston. Fascinating story!

TheBee I‘m an art historian. I want to read this!!! Thanks. On my stack 🤩 1y
TheSpineView @TheBee Welcome! I think you will enjoy! Well researched and you will not believe some of the things he that happened. 😊 1y
mabell The mustaches! 😂😂 1y
vkois88 Wow! Sounds good 1y
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In 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was robbed of 13 works of art, including a Rembrandt, a Vermeer, and a Manet 😔

This is the NF account of the author‘s obsession with the case: How was it done? Who are the players? What happened to the artwork?

While not the most compelling narrative, it still makes for interesting reading.


RidgewayGirl I thought there was a little too much of Boser and not enough about art and the museum, but it was still an interesting story. 2y
Dogearedcopy @RidgewayGirl Yeah, I really wanted more on the paintings & drawings themselves; and was surprised at how the author had inserted himself into the narrative. It was awkwardly written but I gave it a “Pick” anyway. There were a lot of little nuggets of information that I found interesting, like “Stendhal‘s Syndrome.” I actually experienced that last week when I was viewing the Turners at The Met! 2y
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(Right): provides good info (including a brief bio of the museum founder) and theories on the Gardner heist. That happened 27 years ago, and the 13 works stolen still have yet to be recovered. We visited the museum a couple months ago and seeing the empty frames was goosebump-inducing.
(Left): my old college textbook from 1983 — the cover features one of the pieces stolen: The Concert by Vermeer 😢.

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Starting new fiction and non-fiction reads tonight!

JanJan It‘s so heartbreaking and beautiful! 2y
Minimalgrl A Little Life.... amazing but wow broke me down 2y
Pamwurtzler Loved The Gardner Heist - I think that robbery is so interesting & I‘d love to see the museum. 2y
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cathysaid A Little Life is amazing and truly heartbreaking 💔 but oh so worth it. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Get the tissues ready!!! 😭😭😭 2y
cathysaid @AmyG Right? I still think about Jude. 2y
AmyG @cathysaid Me too. That book still stays with me. 2y
emilyhaldi Get ready bc A Little Life is about to take over your LIFE 2y
mrozzz Ohhhh this cover of A Little Life is 👌🏻 2y
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In Boston for the day. Visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. On March 18, 1990, thieves managed to steal 13 pieces of art (~500M worth total). This crime remains unsolved -- and the frames of the stolen artwork are still where they were then. What happened to this Rembrandt and all the others? This book on my TBR list, but interestingly the museum shop sells nothing about this heist.

Megabooks Idk about TBR, but I find this robbery fascinating. 2y
ferskner I love that they keep the frames up. 2y
BookBabe Yes! There's an awesome book about this that I read! 2y
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BookBabe It's fiction, and it's fabulous! 2y
merelybookish Funny! This just came up in a book I was reading when they visit the Gardner museum. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Agree with @BookBabe! I loved The Art Forger! 2y
Librarybelle I also agree with @BookBabe and @MicheleinPhilly ...The Art Forger is so good! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Booksandcooks I find it fascinating too. What was the motive?! Those would be recognized on the open market and if someone got it via black market they can never show it without risk. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @ferskner I agree. It really makes an impact that way. 27 years so far 😱! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @BookBabe @MicheleinPhilly @Librarybelle @DivineDiana yes The Art Forger is good! When I read it a few years ago it was before my oldest started college in Boston. I should reread to see if I can pick up the local references! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @merelybookish cool! Did you like the book you are referring to? 2y
merelybookish @ValerieAndBooks Mostly. A good story but the writing wasn't always great. 2y
tpixie I was just in Boston and missed this museum. There just was t time. It‘s an incredible story. I hope to return to Boston and visit. I love they kept the frames! 2y
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Well, well, well... An independent bookshop has opened in Winston-Salem. The young merchant has started very small-- a wall of barely used books and a few curated tables of new publications. So of course we had to go support him! I'm really pleased to get the book about the big art heist at Boston's Gardner Museum. A local woman said her then-husband was part of that heist. She claims to have been interviewed by the FBI and everything.😮

LeahBergen How exciting for you! And I've always wanted to know more about that heist. 3y
merelybookish Fun! And scoopy! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Oooo. Love the Guggenheim book! 3y
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DivineDiana So glad you did! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Whereabouts is it? 3y
Hobbinol It was such a crazy heist taking anything from a flag pole's finial to a priceless Vermeer. If I think about how many books I'm excited to read, I feel quite dizzy from it; especially since my TBR priorities can be restructured by something as random as the weather! 3y
Hobbinol @CherylDeFranceschi Seeing any exhibit at the Guggenheim is an experience. I love spiraling my way into art. 3y
Hobbinol @TobeyTheScavengerMonk It's Brightleaf Books, "Specializing in literary fiction and scholarly titles". The little store is just around the corner from Mast General Store downtown: 227 W 5th St. Although his inventory is small, I give him high marks for staying high minded and for carrying books by small local presses. And another independent bookshop will open on a larger scale (also downtown)--Bookmarks! They will have a lot of signed books. 3y
Hobbinol @merelybookish & @DivineDiana Thanks so much! I've been so jealous of most Litsiers and their bookshops that I couldn't wait to go shopping! 3y
saresmoore How exciting! And I think my TBR is affected by the weather, too. Or possibly moon phases. 3y
ValerieAndBooks Nice haul! What is Unpacking my Library about? 3y
Hobbinol @ValerieAndBooks It has a very simple format with brief interviews with writers, cover shots of their favorite books and then great shelfies from their bookcases. Mr. Book listed the writers in his post about the book so I won't duplicate it. 3y
Hobbinol @saresmoore So glad I'm not the only one! 😊 3y
Suet624 Wait… Do you live in Winston-Salem? 3y
Hobbinol Yes! I do! Have you been here? 3y
Louise Love to see fellow MA Littens here! I'm a couple of hours west of you, near Amherst. 🤓 2y
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When in Boston... Head to the Harvard Book Store! The last time I was there, I picked up 'The Gardner Heist' and then went to check out the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which in its stripped condition is not only a testament to the theft, but a statement of Art in and of itself. The author of the book explores this still-unsolved case... #getindie

Reading_E I love this place! I could spend hours and hours there! 3y
Laalaleighh My absolute favorite bookstore. 3y
ValerieAndBooks I've been there ❤️ and have their cup! My older son attends Berklee College of Music. I still need to see this museum-- adding book to my stack! 3y
MrBook You're a traveling gal! 😁👏🏻👍🏻 3y
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