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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History - Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter

The Monuments Men covers the work of the American and British soldier-academics who did their best to save the art of western Europe from both the Nazis and the invading Allied armies.  (I loved how when told how long the suggested protected Monuments list was for Normandy, the generals said 'no'; when told most sites were churches and other locations of non-strategic interest, they changed their minds.)

 

It covers the work of the Monuments Men in the armies that invaded France, the low countries, and Germany (their activities in Italy are reserved for another book).  It has a heavy focus on their lives, including letters home to family.

 

This makes an interesting comparison to The Rape of Europa, which has its focus on the magnitude of the thefts, how the Nazis did it, and then, in the last third, the work of the Monuments Men.  This was a good read, but I enjoyed The Rape of Europa slightly more, and would suggest it first, I think, for someone interested in the subject of the biggest art heist in history.