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    Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis (Hardback) By (author) Robert M. Edsel

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    DescriptionOn the eve of the 1943 invasion of Italy, just weeks before Allied bombs nearly destroyed Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper in Milan, General Dwight Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect mankind's greatest cultural treasures. In May 1944, two unlikely American heroes - an artist and a scholar - embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of stolen art, including works by Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio and Botticelli. As the Germans blew up the historic bridges of Florence and Allied air raids threatened Michelangelo's David, a heretofore-unknown SS general held the art hostage while negotiating a secret Nazi surrender with American spies. A gripping narrative that will appeal to fans of history, art, travel and adventure, Saving Italy takes us from the battlefields of Monte Cassino to the Vatican and behind closed doors with the great Allied and Axis leaders: Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Churchill; Hitler, Goring and Himmler.

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    Saving Italy
    The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert M. Edsel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393082418
    ISBN 10: 0393082415

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    Libri: ITAL2020
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
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    BISAC V2.8: ART015100
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DST
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    BISAC V2.8: ARC005070
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    DC23: 363.2596209
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    LC classification: D810.A7 E234 2013
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    Thema V1.0: AGA, AMX, NHD
    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    05 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert M. Edsel is the founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and a trustee at the (US) National WWII Museum.
    Review quote
    "...Robert M Edsel's vivid, keenly researched and sometimes heart-rending narrative..." Jonathan Keates, Literary Review "...a rip-roaring story...carried off with verve and charm." Times Literary Supplement "...this fascinating book tells the story of just how close much of Italy's architectural and artistic heritage came to total obliteration during World War II." The Mail on Sunday "[Edsel's] story makes a curious coda to a very tangled but always fascinating tale...he tells it with both panache and precision." Richard Morrison, The Times "An extensively researched, pacily written account..." Galleries