Goering's Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World

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6.5 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.76 pounds

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About the Author
Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow at the Royal Historical Society.
"A portrait of a charismatic and nefarious figure who tainted everyone he touched. . . . [Petropoulos] explores the tangled relationships linking Nazi dealers to scores of other participants in the art trade."--Nina Siegal, New York Times

"A book that underscores the vulnerability of France's Jewish collectors."--The Economist

"Much has been written in recent years . . . on the subject of the Nazi plunder of French art, but seldom with such meticulous research as that found in Jonathan Petropoulos's Göring's Man in Paris. Petropoulos . . . has long been mining the world's archives to track down the vast amounts of art that went missing during and after the Second World War [and his] sleuthing is extremely impressive."--Caroline Moorehead, Times Literary Supplement

"The final chapters of the book read like a thriller, in which the 2006 hunt for a long-lost Pissarro slowly closes in on the nonagenarian Nazi."--John Maier, Spectator

"A nuanced and comprehensive biography . . . a well-rounded portrait of a complex figure. . . . Readers of art history and WWII biographies will appreciate this engrossing deep dive into one of the world's most prolific art looters."--Publishers Weekly

"Petropoulos's meticulously documented investigation is in reality an exposé of the wartime and postwar networks that profited from stolen Nazi art."--D. R. Snyder, CHOICE

"A deeply researched account of the chicanery the Nazis employed to run a massive European network of art looting . . . [with] frank and fascinating introspection from Petropoulos about the macabre dance that Lohse led him on."--Tobias Grey, Air Mail

Awarded the Coups de Coeur, sponsored by the American Library in Paris

Shortlisted for the 2022 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography

"A manuscript of prime and serious scholarship."--Jean-Marc Dreyfus, University of Manchester

"Even in normal times, the art market can appear shadowy, even shady, and the early 1940s were not normal times. This book brings readers into the labyrinthine network of German, French, and Swiss art dealers who not only fenced goods stolen from museums and Jewish collectors in Nazi-occupied Europe, but also concealed and continued to trade in some of the loot after 1945. The result is a fascinating exploration of a netherworld where luxury and larceny met, and the perils of getting close to it."--Peter Hayes, author of Why? Explaining the Holocaust

"Jonathan Petropoulos's meticulously researched account of one of the great (and continuing) art thefts in history reads like an Agatha Christie mystery. The degree to which the world of art collectors, gallery owners, curators, and other supposedly cultured people participated in this crime is stupefying. A compelling and maddening page turner."--Deborah Lipstadt, author of Antisemitism: Here and Now

"Göring's Man in Paris demonstrates Petropoulos's brilliant, indefatigable research and scholarship, compelling story-telling, and illumination of the ghastly work of Dr. Bruno Lohse. The book is vitally important for shedding a light on the network of former Nazi art dealers who continued to traffic with each other in their Nazi-looted art for decades."--Stuart Eizenstat, former senior official in the Carter and Clinton administration and chief negotiator for the Washington principles on Nazi-confiscated art

"Deeply researched, ethically informed, and enriched with keen eyewitness observations, Jonathan Petropoulos's new book exposes the extent of Bruno Lohse's wartime activities and details his efforts after 1945 to profit from his ill-gotten gains by reintegrating himself into the rarefied world of art dealers and collectors."--Gavriel Rosenfeld, author of The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism Since World War II