The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History - Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter What is it about art? Everyone has different tastes, but some art is just, well mind blowing isn't the word. We all share that gut reaction, evn if the pieces of art that evoke them are different from person to person.War has been fought for art. True, WW-II wasn't one of them, but Hitler and his gang did sure steal some huge pieces.Edsel's book details the work of the Monuments Men, a group (mostly Americans in this book) whose purpose was to recover and protect items of cultural importance, be it a church in the way of the Allies or stolen painting.The book starts off slow, but when Edsel gets going, he really gets going. It is quite clear that he enjoys his subject and cares deeply about it. This book is a better read than The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War, which deals with the same issue.