Our Book of the Week is The Monuments Men by Robert M Edsel, the true, epic story of the most unlikely group of heroes in World War II, which has been made into a film starring, among others, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray.
The Monuments Men were a new kind of soldier, one charged with saving, not destroying. Going from caves to castles, in a thrilling race against time, these men risked their lives daily to save hundreds of thousands of the world’s greatest works of art.
Building their own treasure maps from scraps and hints – a tip from a dentist while getting a root canal, records recovered from bombed out cathedrals and museums – they moved towards the greatest prize of all, Hitler’s personal looted hoard of masterpieces, hidden within a mine which the Nazis fully intended to destroy before it fell into Allied hands.
How does the Greatest Treasure Hunt in history end? As is often the case, history is often more extraordinary than fiction.
The Monuments Men by Robert M Edsel, RRP £7.99.
Receive a 20 per cent discount off this book at Bookmark with the voucher contained in the Spalding Guardian of March 13 – valid until Wednesday, March 19.