By Robert M. Edsel
From the writer of the number one New York Times bestseller The Monuments Men
"An extraordinary account of a little-known American attempt to save lots of Italy's…art in the course of international conflict II."―Tom Brokaw
whilst Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, in addition they seized regulate of mankind’s maximum cultural treasures. As they'd performed all through Europe, the Nazis might now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire.
On the eve of the Allied invasion, basic Dwight Eisenhower empowered a brand new type of soldier to guard those historical riches. In may possibly 1944 not likely American heroes―artist Deane Keller and pupil Fred Hartt―embarked from Naples at the treasure hunt of a life-time, monitoring billions of bucks of lacking artwork, together with works by way of Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. With the German military taking flight up the Italian peninsula, orders got here from the top degrees of the Nazi executive to move truckloads of paintings north around the border into the Reich. status within the means used to be basic Karl Wolff, a top-level Nazi officer. As German forces blew up the fantastic bridges of Florence, common Wolff commandeered the nice collections of the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, later risking his existence to barter a mystery Nazi give up with American spymaster Allen Dulles.
Brilliantly researched and vividly written, the New York Times bestselling Saving Italy brings readers from Milan and the close to destruction of The final Supper to the interior sanctum of the Vatican and in the back of closed doorways with the preeminent Allied and Axis leaders: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill; Hitler, Göring, and Himmler.
An unforgettable tale of epic thievery and political intrigue, Saving Italy is a testomony to heroism on behalf of artwork, tradition, and history.
sixty one illustrations; three maps