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Saving Italy

The Race To Rescue A Nation's Treasures From The Nazis

By Robert M Edsel

New York Times Bestseller

"A poignant, fascinating story, bringing to life the soldier-scholars who saved Italy's treasures."—Evan Thomas, best-selling author of Ike’s Bluff and Sea of Thunder

When Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire.

On the eve of the Allied invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect these historic riches. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.

With the German army retreating up the Italian peninsula, orders came from the highest levels of the Nazi government to transport truckloads of art north across the border into the Reich. Standing in the way was General Karl Wolff, a top-level Nazi officer. As German forces blew up the magnificent bridges of Florence, General Wolff commandeered the great collections of the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, later risking his life to negotiate a secret Nazi surrender with American spymaster Allen Dulles.

Brilliantly researched and vividly written, Saving Italy brings readers from Milan and the near destruction of The Last Supper to the inner sanctum of the Vatican and behind closed doors with the preeminent Allied and Axis leaders: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill; Hitler, Göring, and Himmler.

An unforgettable story of epic thievery and political intrigue, Saving Italy is a testament to heroism on behalf of art, culture, and history.

60 illustrations; maps

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Format: Book
Author: Edsel, Robert M
Summary: When Hitler's armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind's greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes--artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt--embarked from Naples on the tresure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.
Title: Saving Italy : the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis / Robert M. Edsel.
Publisher Date: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2013.
Subject: Keller, Deane, 1901-1992. Hartt, Frederick. Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section -- History. Art treasures in war -- Italy -- History -- 20th century. World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war Art thefts -- Italy -- History -- 20th century. Cultural property -- Protection -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Isbn: 9780393082418 (hbk.) 0393082415 (hbk.)
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System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: 940.5345 Eds
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Format: Book
Author: Edsel, Robert M.
Summary: When Hitler's armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind's greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes--artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt--embarked from Naples on the tresure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.
Title: Saving Italy : the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis / Robert M. Edsel.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2013.
Description: xxii, 454 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Keller, Deane, 1901-1992.
Subjects: Hartt, Frederick.
Subjects: Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section -- History.
Subjects: Art treasures in war -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war
Subjects: Art thefts -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Cultural property -- Protection -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 425-440) and index.
LCCN: 2013010708
ISBN: 9780393082418 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0393082415 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 940.5345 Eds