Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Chasing Mona Lisa" Book Review



Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Gvring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci's masterpiece before it falls into German hands?


This book is an awesome insight into WWII and everything that happened in the art world as the Nazis tried to take anything of value. Much was done to protect the really valuable items (like the Mona Lisa for example) but they couldn't protect everything. This book chronicles a French art curator and some Swiss agents that are trying to keep the Mona Lisa from getting snatched up at the very end of the war. It is an exciting race to the finish and though it is historical fiction so obviously not everything is true - it sure is an eye-opener. Very well done!!!

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