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Chasing Aphrodite

The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum
Felch, Jason (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and frank interviews, Felch and Frammolino give a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum and tell the story of the Getty's dealings in the illegal antiquities trade. Fast-paced and compelling, "Chasing Aphrodite" exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished facade of the museum business.
Authors: Felch, Jason
Title: Chasing Aphrodite
the hunt for looted antiquities at the world's richest museum
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Characteristics: viii, 375 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Summary: Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and frank interviews, Felch and Frammolino give a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum and tell the story of the Getty's dealings in the illegal antiquities trade. Fast-paced and compelling, "Chasing Aphrodite" exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished facade of the museum business.
Additional Contributors: Frammolino, Ralph
ISBN: 0151015015
9780151015016
Statement of Responsibility: Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-359) and index
Subject Headings: J. Paul Getty Museum Corrupt practices Cultural property Repatriation California Malibu Cultural property Repatriation Italy Classical antiquities Destruction and pillage
Topical Term: Cultural property
Cultural property
Classical antiquities
LCCN: 2010025835
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Jun 24, 2012
  • sixtyfive rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is very well done. It doesn't matter if you have no interest in art or antiquities, this is a lesson in how people who have access to big money sometimes spend it to the extent that it becomes the downfall of their reputation. It's like many big oil corporations in Calgary where money can buy anything and the devil take the rest.

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