Robert M. Edsel's contributions as a WWII historian have brought wide attention and a National Humanities Medal to his Monuments Men Foundation. In Saving Italy, Edsel recounts how, in May 1944, General Eisenhower sent two men--artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt--on a desperate hunt to locate priceless works of art fallen into Nazi hands. Keller and Hartt would find aid from an unlikely source--top-level Nazi officer General Karl Wolff.
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"Robert Edsel's history of the efforts to protect Italy's artistic and cultural treasures on the battlelines of WWII has added interest with the coming release of George Clooney's film MONUMENT MEN, based on Edsel's earlier book on this subject. Edoardo Ballerini gives a polished narration of a dramatic and engaging story, and he certainly knows his Italian. His pace, however, is overly measured, establishing an elegiac tone more suited to an epilogue than a narrative. Also, his perfectly accented Italian names stand out from his otherwise unaccented English. Text and narrator are both quite good--but not necessarily with each other. D.A.W. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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