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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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    Title
    Saving Italy
    Subtitle
    The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert M. Edsel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 392 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393348804
    ISBN 10: 0393348806
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    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
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25820
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Approval Code: A15202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
    B&T Approval Code: A14204063
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: ABK
    BISAC V2.8: ART015100
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DST
    DC22: 940.53/45, 940.5345
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005070
    Libri: KUNS2061
    DC23: 940.5345
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: D810.A7 E234 2014
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NHWR7, AMX, NHD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    11 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert M. Edsel is the author of The Monuments Men (soon to become a major film starring George Clooney)and Rescuing da Vinci. He 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. Website: www.monumentsmen.com Twitter: @robertedsel
    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