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The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession (original 2023; edição 2023)

por Michael Finkel (Autor)

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"For centuries, works of art have been stolen in countless ways from all over the world, but no one has been quite as successful at it as the master thief Stéphane Breitwieser. Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly ten years-in museums and cathedrals all over Europe-Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend who worked as his lookout, stole more than three hundred objects, until it all fell apart in spectacular fashion. In The Art Thief, Michael Finkel brings us into Breitwieser's strange and fascinating world. Unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them to his heart's content. Possessed of a remarkable athleticism and an innate ability to assess practically any security system, Breitwieser managed to pull off a breathtakingly number of audacious thefts. Yet these strange talents bred a growing disregard for risk and an addict's need to score, leading Breitwieser to ignore his girlfriend's pleas to stop-until one final act of hubris brought everything crashing down"--… (mais)
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Título:The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession
Autores:Michael Finkel (Autor)
Informação:Knopf (2023), Edition: First Edition, 240 pages
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The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession por Michael Finkel (2023)

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Excellent and interesting book about art crime. ( )
  pgabj | Mar 4, 2024 |
author details the story of a basement dwelling mama’s boy who commits his entire life to being a cultural and societal menace. this man is unrepentant and has 0 self knowledge. generally a subject like this would not hinder a narrative, quite the opposite actually, but the author shamelessly indulges and coddles the subject (describing the methods used in every theft in detail like he is Danny ocean, it was literally just the Swiss Army knife every gd time**
OR near the end when the author attempts to minimize the impact of this guy’s crimes by shifting our attention to what his mother did instead). this narrative position essentially reduced what started out as an engaging, well researched story to a blatant and meagre attempt at redeeming someone who did nothing to deserve it.

**in the afterword, the author discloses having a 15 year long correspondence and relationship with the subject, which explains a lot. the author then proceeds to proudly recount an instance where the subject was able to slip the author’s entire laptop into his pants without the author noticing... im still trying to decide who im more embarrassed for in that story ( )
  ratatatatatat | Feb 21, 2024 |
This book is the latest choice of our book club. The book club chooses books that I most likely would not pick on my own(I read fiction 90% of the time). This is a true story about Stephane Breitwieser an art thief who between 1994 and 2001 robbed over 200 museums etc. of art that was valued at around $200 billion. He stole from small places that had poor security and the items had to fit under his bulky coat or his girl friend/accomplice's big bag. The story gets into his thought process, his love of art, and the fact that he kept his stolen art in the attic apartment of his mother's house(she did not know) where he lived with his girl friend. He stole from the age of 23-31. This is a fascinating story because it gets into art, other great heists, and how he got caught. It is 200 pages but it is filled with lots of detail and is great book to read especially if, like me, you love European art. I do, just not as much as Breitwieser did. It should be noted that Michael Finkel has his own interesting history as a journalist which lends an interesting twist to the book ( )
  nivramkoorb | Feb 12, 2024 |
A fascinating story of a man who robbed over 200 museums, churches, auction houses etc and kept everything he stole in the attic apartment in his mother’s house. Valued around $2 billion! He was a art junkie and stole only what pleased his heart. He was obsessed with owning beautiful and valuable art.

It was incredible to read how he pulled off the thefts - always during the day while the museum (etc) was open. Usually his only tool was a Swiss Army knife and his wits and bravado. His girlfriend Anne-Catherine Kleinklaus was his partner in crime and the lookout for guards. She was never charged with any crime, said she was under duress and forced to help him and served no jail time.
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  LuLibro | Jan 22, 2024 |
For a book this short, there is an tremendous amount of fascinating stories. Within its covers is a cornucopia of information about art, art museums, art thieves, art history, mediaeval weapons and yes, even about cornucopias. For example:
Who is the artist with the largest number of paintings stolen? Picasso.
Who is the most renowned art thief? Also Picasso.
How many art thefts does the average art thief pull off in their career? One .
Who is arguably the most prolific art thief in history? Stéphane Breitwieser. If the name isn't familiar to you, you may want to read this book. Above all, this is a book about the man who, assisted by his girlfriend, stole more than three hundred objects from museums and cathedrals all over Europe in under eight years. But unlike most art thieves, he didn't steal them for the money. He mounted all of his treasures in his small attic apartment in his mother's house.
Is Breitwieser a brilliant connoisseur of art, or a common thief with a compulsion to steal? That is for you to decide as the author provides a wealth of information drawn from court testimony and interviews with Breitwieser, police and psychologists who interviewed him.
Cudos to Edoardo Ballerini, who provided the narration for the audio version of this book. ( )
  Unkletom | Jan 17, 2024 |
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"For centuries, works of art have been stolen in countless ways from all over the world, but no one has been quite as successful at it as the master thief Stéphane Breitwieser. Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly ten years-in museums and cathedrals all over Europe-Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend who worked as his lookout, stole more than three hundred objects, until it all fell apart in spectacular fashion. In The Art Thief, Michael Finkel brings us into Breitwieser's strange and fascinating world. Unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them to his heart's content. Possessed of a remarkable athleticism and an innate ability to assess practically any security system, Breitwieser managed to pull off a breathtakingly number of audacious thefts. Yet these strange talents bred a growing disregard for risk and an addict's need to score, leading Breitwieser to ignore his girlfriend's pleas to stop-until one final act of hubris brought everything crashing down"--

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