The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World

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For the past two centuries, the West has been plundering the treasures of the ancient world to fill its great museums, but in recent years, the countries where ancient civilizations originated have begun to push back, taking museums to court, prosecuting curators, and threatening to force the return of these priceless objects. Where do these treasures rightly belong? Sharon Waxman, a former culture reporter for The New York Times and a longtime foreign correspondent, brings us inside this high-stakes conflict, examining the implications for the preservation of the objects themselves and for how we understand our shared cultural heritage.
Publisher: New York, NY : Times Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805086539
Branch Call Number: 709.01 WAX
Characteristics: xiv, 414 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Apr 16, 2015

If you ever wanted to know how those museums got all that stuff out of the poor countries around the world read this book! It made me so mad I don't think I can look at a great museum the same way ever again. Thank God for people like Sharon Waxman for writing such a wonderful book. It will make you think

hmcphail May 30, 2013

Fascinating book and beautifully written. It examines the issue of museums and looted artifacts in an easy to understand and objective manner, while raising important questions and suggesting some reasonable solutions.

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