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Saving Mona Lisa
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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.

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`Gerri Chanel's account of how France preserved its art from both the destruction of war and the pillaging of the German occupiers reads like a thriller' -- Caroline Moorehead * TLS *
'Fantastic ... At its best this is a story of the inhabitants of a humiliated country doing all in their power to preserve their nation's cultural heritage ... The black-and-white photographs in this book are worth of an art exhibition in themselves.' * Daily Mail *
'Chanel's history is a work of substance and scholarship that should be part of every art history collection and required reading for anyone who cares about Western civilization.' * Booklist (starred review) *
'A brilliant piece of storytelling explaining how the masterpieces of the Louvre escaped Goering's mantelpiece and Himmler's walls ... This is a grippingly written and meticulously researched contribution to the history of the Second World War.' * The Tablet *
'A compelling true account of the men and women who fought to save France's heritage and a fascinating story of art and intrigue.' * France Magazine *
'This book tells a fascinating story.' * Choice *

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