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A curiously recurring event in publishing is the simultaneous appearance of two books by different authors, long in preparation, on virtually identical subjects. It occurs often enough with biographies but occasionally with other topics as well. One such recent coincidence is on a subject that surely merits this double dose of attention: of World War II and how that catastrophic conflict effected the artistic patrimony of Europe.

Although The Venus Fixers is not a particularly promising title, the book is a fast-paced and well-written account of events prior and subsequent to the...


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