Monuments Men is the story of the MFAA, a special part of the Army created during WW2 who were tasked with finding the art that the Nazi party had stolen. These are not your 18-year-old GIs but rather (mostly) American and British men who worked in professions like art history, restoration and curating previous to the war.
I live for shit like that; however Monuments Men failed to capture my attention.
It’s been a while since I’ve read such a dense book. Monuments Men reads very much like a personable history text book – which isn’t really a bad thing… but when the last few books you’ve read have been popcorn books it’s a bit of an adjustment. I guess it just wasn’t what I expected – with the previews for the recently released movie I was expecting a story. But really it was more like information there isn’t really dialogue and there are a lot of “letters to home” interspersed between the sections. There are also some pictures from the time period which is always interesting.
All in all I would recommend this book to someone who is very interested in the subject and the movie to anyone else (and if you like the book do not see the movie).