• book: the art thief

    From August Abolins@1:153/757.21 to All on Mon Aug 14 22:29:00 2023
    "In this spellbinding portrait of obsession and flawed genius,
    the best-selling author of The Stranger in the Woods brings us
    into Breitwieser's strange world-unlike most thieves, he never
    stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a pair of secret
    rooms where he could admire them.

    "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 St‚phane Breitwieser.
    Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly eight
    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. Possessed of a remarkable
    athleticism and an innate ability to circumvent practically any
    security system, Breitwieser managed to pull off a breathtaking
    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.

    "This is a riveting story of art, crime, love, and an
    insatiable hunger to possess beauty at any cost.

    The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous
    Obsession | Hardcover

    Michael Finkel

    Knopf Canada

    Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws / True Crime / Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions / Travel / Europe - Western

    Published Jun 27, 2023

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