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Robert M. Edsel - Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, The

Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, The

The Story of the Monuments Men

Author: Robert M. Edsel

  • AGES 9 - 12 
  • Genre Non-Fiction
Robert M. Edsel, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Monuments Men, brings this story to young readers for the first time in a sweeping, dynamic adventure detailing history's greatest treasure hunt.
As the most destructive war in history ravaged Europe, many of the world's most cherished cultural objects were in harm's way. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History recounts the astonishing true story of eleven men and one woman who risked their lives amidst the bloodshed of World War II to preserve churches, libraries, monuments, and works of art that for centuries defined the heritage of Western civilization. As the war raged, these American and British volunteers — museum curators, art scholars and educators, architects, archivists, and artists, known as the Monuments Men — found themselves in a desperate race against time to locate and save the many priceless treasures and works of art stolen by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
Robert M. Edsel, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Monuments Men, brings this story to young readers for the first time in a sweeping, dynamic adventure detailing history's greatest treasure hunt.

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Robert M. Edsel

Robert M. Edsel

A former nationally ranked tennis player and pioneer in the oil and gas exploration business, Robert M. Edsel is recognized as one of the world’s foremost advocates for art preservation and the recovery of cultural treasures missing since World War II. Mr. Edsel is the author of three other books about the Monuments Men, including the number one New York Times bestseller The Monuments Men, which Academy Award recipient George Clooney adapted into a feature film, and Saving Italy, also a New York Times bestseller. He is also the coproducer of the Emmy-nominated documentary film The Rape of Europa. In 2007 he founded the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the United States’ highest honor for work in the humanities. Mr. Edsel has received numerous awards, including the Anne Frank Human Writes Award from the Anne Frank Center, the Texas Medal of Arts, the Hope for Humanity Award, presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and the Records of Achievement Award from the Foundation for the National Archives, which recognizes an individual whose work has fostered a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records. Previous recipients have included Tom Hanks, Ken Burns, David McCullough, and Steven Spielberg.

Mr. Edsel has served as a trustee on numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the National WWII Museum and St. Mark’s School of Texas. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his family.