Priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures. Review: Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures, by Robert K. Wittman 2019-02-17

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Priceless : how I went undercover to rescue the world's stolen treasures (eBook, 2010) [pfactory.in]

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

The son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career going undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. The format is very informal. At the Philly office, Wittman trained under Bob Bazin, an experienced agent working property crimes and dealing with two high-profile art thefts in 1988: the second-largest crystal ball in the world, stolen from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, and a Rodin sculpture, stolen at gunpoint from Philadelphia's Rodin Museum, the largest collection of the sculptor's work outside Paris. The son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career going undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. Wittman has saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities, but he considers them all equally priceless. Some were dangerous, others were probably more vacuous and obnoxious than dangerous, but still trouble all the same. In his final case, Wittman called on every bit of knowledge and experience in his arsenal to take on his greatest challenge: working undercover to track the vicious criminals behind what might be the most audacious art theft of all.

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Priceless : how I went undercover to rescue the world's stolen treasures (Book, 2010) [pfactory.in]

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. He stashed it under a water pipe in a paper bag. No shows will be automatically removed from the group unless they notify me either by direct message, email, or in the comments. Interpol lists art theft as the fourth-largest criminal enterprise in the world. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement.

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priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

In fact, any enterprising art thief has probably already stolen a copy of this book. I was astonished at the pathetic security implemented at major galleries around the world. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The smuggler who brought him a looted 6th-century treasure turned out to be a high-ranking diplomat. Then, in 1990, 13 works were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, including a Vermeer. No shows will be automatically removed from the group unless they notify me either by direct message, email, or in the comments. The two Bobs solved both cases, but the Rodin theft was particularly instructive.

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

Other Titles: How I went undercover to rescue the world's stolen treasures Responsibility: Robert K. I encourage anyone interested in reading about art crime to give this book a read. The goal is for people to discover new books and share their experiences with others. Common sense can skip a generation sometimes two and that's okay. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. After all, who's to say what is worth more --a Rembrandt self-portrait or an American flag carried into battle? The breadth of Wittman's exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments. In the Gardner heist, for instance, they dressed as city police officers and tricked undertrained and unarmed night security guards into letting them into the museum.

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures (Hardcover)

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

The goal is for people to discover new books and share their experiences with others. Joshua Knelman is writing Hot Art, an investigation into the global trade in stolen art. In his final case, Wittman called on every bit of knowledge and experience in his arsenal to take on his greatest challenge: working undercover to track the vicious criminals behind what might be the most audacious art theft of all. An undercover lawman armed with wit and adrenalin, Wittman exposes the darkest corners of the art world and brings to justice the dangerous criminals who lurk there. It feels as though it were a 12 year olds first stab at writing. The appraiser who stole countless heirlooms from war heroes' descendants was a slick, aristocratic con man.

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Priceless : how I went undercover to rescue the world's stolen treasures (Book, 2010) [pfactory.in]

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. English Books on Tape, p2010. He applied again, was accepted, went through a four-month training program, and then was dispatched with badge and gun to Philadelphia. So there's no blame involved.

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Priceless : how I went undercover to rescue the world's stolen treasures (eBook, 2010) [pfactory.in]

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

No shows will be automatically removed from the group unless they notify me either by direct message, email, or in the comments. Demonstrating candor, humor, integrity, and sensitivity, Wittman strips away the myths, bares the truth, and tells it like it is. Wittman often had to travel the world to find them. Sign-ups will close 1 week before a discussion. So, the real lesson is clear — unless you're going to hang the stuff in your own two story home to look at and tell your neighbors it's a fake, decade after decade — don't even think about it. In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. In other words, he doesn't write himself as a hero worthy of adoration.

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

A good number of people understand the significance of what art and antiquities hold, and what it means about our own past. We're devastated, and I guess that's the idea. Criminals use paintings, sculptures, and statues as collateral to finance arms, drug, and money-laundering deals. Many thanks to the author for a lifetime of dedicated service as well. The nice part is that Wittman is honest, to the point, and not afraid to show his own flaws.

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures (Hardcover)

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation's first African-American regiments. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. Thanks for being a gentleman, and for letting us have a pleasant Christmas and New Year's. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He has won numerous writing awards and was a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The breadth of Wittman's exploits is unmatched: He traveled the world to rescue paintings by Rockwell and Rembrandt, Pissarro, Monet and Picasso, often working undercover overseas at the whim of foreign governments.

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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures: Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman: 9780307461483: pfactory.in: Books

priceless how i went undercover to rescue the worlds stolen treasures

He said it was like recovering a lost child. Robert Wittman, with aide of John Shiffman, weaves a very detailed memoir that is captivating and incredibly informative. I liked this book for several reasons. It is a great story of one man set against the backdrop of cultural history. The art thieves and scammers Wittman caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow.

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