The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men Summary

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe.

The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

Book Reviews

Hoodie 123

Monuments Men5 star

Such an important book, helping us to learn and not forget ALL of what war destroys. Thanks to those who sacrificed everything to keep beauty and culture available to us all.55

Jacqui, WI

The Monuments Men5 star

I loved this book. It is a testament to the passion, integrity, courage and persistence of a group of men who shared an imperative value that preservation of centuries of art and culture were essential to assuring humanity in post war. Without the depictions of history we cannot understand our past, for we preserve in paint and metal, rock and glass those things in which we believe and about which we care passionately. To understand our forefathers we must see what they chose to paint, sculpt, mould and forge as they celebrated it in art and documented it in their writings and teachings. This book shares that story in a highly readable and thrilling manner with all the marks of a great thriller, and the accuracy of an academic tome. Thank you.55


Bedrnua4 star

This is an incredibly well written book that gives a private look into the lives of some extraordinary men and women in our history. Thank you for sharing your story with the world.45


Honor and gratitude5 star

We must never forget the sacrifices made on behalf to preserve our collective culture, art and history. This book tells the moving story of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things; thus making them great in every sense of the world. For the historian, the book provides an extremely well documented account of one of the most chaotic times of our recent history. Highly recommended.55


Monument Men5 star

I was completely captivated by this book. When I now look at some of the combat photos from my father I will look at them with much different eyes. I had know Idea of this endeavor untaken by allied forces. This story should of been told sooner. Having my father, 5 uncle's and 1 aunt serve in WWII I'm more proud of them now!!!55


More than just art...4 star

I read this book after seeing the movie, and it not only had me appreciate the story even more, but had me feeling closer to the victims of Hitler's reign than I've ever experienced. I'm recommending this to several of my friends. The second half is especially captivating!45

lyne inChicago

Monuments Men4 star

Love art, love history, longer this book45

Iron Captain

Monuments Men5 star

Great read! Wish I would've finished the book before I watched the movie.55


Where was the editor?3 star

Great story that inspires awe. Proves that age is no impediment to true courage! The backstory of several characters is retold in several chapters. This redundancy should have been deleted by even the worst editors. Numerous typos and misspellings are unacceptable. Are proofreaders unaffordable?35


Monuments men1 star

Terribly written, no characters developed. Like reading a history book with only dates and places. No flavor at all. HAd to quit after 100 difficult pages. Even jumped ahead chapters and still terribly "blan." A complete waste of time and money.15

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