The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 22, 2009 - History - 402 pages
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The real story behind the major motion picture The Monuments Men. The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. And the story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European culture and the Allies' desperate effort to preserve it.

From the Nazi purges of "Degenerate Art" and Goering's shopping sprees in occupied Paris to the perilous journey of the Mona Lisa from Paris and the painstaking reclamation of the priceless treasures of liberated Italy, The Rape of Europa is a sweeping narrative of greed, philistinism, and heroism that combines superlative scholarship with a compelling drama.


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Skillful and meticulous research and a riveting tale. - Goodreads
Terrific research, excellent read. - Goodreads
Sheer volume of Nicholas' research -- impressive. - Goodreads
Exhaustively researched. - Goodreads
Impressive research. - Goodreads
Nicholas really did her research. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

Interesting subject: this book gave an insight into an aspect of WWII that I'd never considered. The author's detailed research spotlighted not only the major players in the political and art worlds ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Couvillon - Goodreads

Really 4.5 stars. This book was an excellent analysis of a large subject that sprawled over many years and many countries. At times, because of the extensive subject, it dragged. It could've been a ... Read full review

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Contents

The Nazi Collectors Organize
27
Poland I9391945
57
Invasion of the West The Nazi
81
Occupied France Protection
115
France The Art Market Flourishes
153
The Launching of the Allied Protection Effort
203
Italy i943i945
229
Treasure Hunts in the Ruined Reich
327
The Temptation of Germanys Homeless
369
Fifty Years of Restitution
407
Notes
445
Bibliography
467
Index
477
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About the author (2009)

Lynn H. Nicholas was born in New London. Connecticut.  She was educated in the United States, England, and Spain, and received her B.A. from Oxford University. After her return to the United States she worked for several years at the National Gallery of Art.  While living in Belgium in the early 1980s, she began research for this book, her first.  Ms. Nicholas and her husband live in Washington, D.C.




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