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Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures (original 2010; edição 2010)

por Robert K. Wittman (Autor)

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Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career, offering a real-life international thriller. 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 tells the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: the golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king; the Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement; the rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation's first African-American regiments. The art thieves and scammers he caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. Wittman has saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities, but he considers them all equally priceless.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
Autores:Robert K. Wittman (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2010), Edition: First Edition first Printing, 336 pages
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This is a fascinating and sometimes inadvertently amusing book. Wittman was an FBI agent specializing in recovering stolen artworks, antiquities, and cultural treasure. He tells the story of his career, adventure by adventure, complete with undercover operations and a certain amount of derring-do.

Sometimes it felt like he was falling into every stale trope from suspense movies: you can't do this by the book, you have to follow your gut, the veteran agent who's not happy having a rookie foisted on him. He even spends five years freeing himself from suspicion of guilt in the tragic guilt of a partner. But for all the brushes with cliche, it's full of interesting stories and love of art, as well as some insights into how undercover stings are conducted. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | May 23, 2021 |
Fast paced and interesting, this reminded me of Argo by Phillip W. Simpson. I listened to it, and I'm planning to look for a physical copy so I can see if there are photos of some of the artwork that goes missing and gets found. Like so many true crime stories, this also leaves you in a slightly cliff hanger-y place. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book. I like detective stories (FBI agents count, too) and I love art and museums, so it was an obvious choice. It crosses genre lines: true crime memoir of undercover agent tracking down stolen artworks.

What makes this book rise above ordinary is the author’s honesty – self-deprecating, questioning, and revealing about the lack of coordination / infighting among his various bosses. His co-writer helps craft a structure to the episodic stories bookended by investigation into a famous art heist (the Gardner) and, together, they present a good guy doing good work.

Priceless is a pretty quick read, but not ‘empty calories’ as it brings in art history, colorful characters, family – and the cases, successful and otherwise. ( )
  MLHart | May 22, 2020 |
Priceless (2011) Wittman, Robert
  HanJie | Dec 11, 2019 |
I loved this book, and the narrator was great (audiobook). I highly recommend it for anyone who likes true crime and perhaps those who like whodunnits (I'm in the true crime camp). This is the story of how Mr. Whittman became a top agent in the art theft area, and also of some of the true stories of how some artworks were finally retrieved thru undercover work. It was interesting, with just enough edge-of-seat theatrics, to read like a thriller novel. ( )
  marshapetry | Sep 30, 2015 |
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This behind-the-scenes look at the immense skill and knowledge required to execute such an operation makes his stories even more gripping.
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Robert K. Wittman, the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career, offering a real-life international thriller. 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 tells the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: the golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king; the Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement; the rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation's first African-American regiments. The art thieves and scammers he caught run the gamut from rich to poor, smart to foolish, organized criminals to desperate loners. Wittman has saved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities, but he considers them all equally priceless.--From publisher description.

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