The evacuation of art from the Louvre as the Germans neared Paris in 1940 began a journey of the "Mona Lisa" and others around France, conducted by museum staff to keep these treasures out of German hands. The story of this effort is given comprehensively and excitingly here, illustrated with 100 photographs.
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Gerri Chanel is a prize-winning freelance journalist. She lived in France for five years, where she began the research for Saving Mona Lisa. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.
'Saving Mona Lisa is a detailed, inspiring account of the war-time courage, daring and ingenuity shown by the men and women of the Louvre who risked their lives to save France's art treasures from the voracious Nazi plunderers. Gerri Chanel's comprehensive, careful survey fills an important gap in the literature dealing with this chapter of history and gives long overdue recognition to the bravery of those who were prepared to fight to the death for beauty, art and the achievements of civilisation.' -- Catherine Hickley
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