Stealing Rembrandts by Anthony M. Amore
The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists

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"Stealing Rembrandts" tells the story of modern art theft through the thefts of a single artist's work...Strewn throughout the book, however, are compelling characters and insights into traits that "successful" art crimes typically share.
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A spellbinding journey into the high-stakes world of art theft

Today, art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. And the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn are some of the most frequently targeted.
In Stealing Rembrandts, art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. Through thefts around the world - from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio - the authors track daring entries and escapes from the world's most renowned museums. There are robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings; self-styled art experts who fall in love with the Dutch master and desire to own his art at all costs; and international criminal masterminds who don't hesitate to resort to violence. They also show how museums are thwarted in their ability to pursue the thieves - even going so far as to conduct investigations on their own, far away from the maddening crowd of police intervention, sparing no expense to save the priceless masterpieces.
Stealing Rembrandts is an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind look at the black market of art theft, and how it compromises some of the greatest treasures the world has ever known.

 

About Anthony M. Amore

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Anthony M. Amore is the head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and contributes to the Boston Herald and Huffington Post. He serves as trustee of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art and lectures widely on art crime. Tom Mashberg is an award-winning investigative reporter and the former Sunday Editor for the Boston Herald. During his 30-year career he has reported for The New York Times and The Boston Globe, as well as writing for Vanity Fair and many other publications. He was called "the quintessential newspaperman" by FOX-TV's America's Most Wanted.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 271 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Benjamin Wallace on Jul 14 2011

"Stealing Rembrandts" tells the story of modern art theft through the thefts of a single artist's work...Strewn throughout the book, however, are compelling characters and insights into traits that "successful" art crimes typically share.

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