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Tina Brown:

“Sharon Waxman has written a compelling page turner about the world of antiquities and art-world skulduggery. She manages to combine rigorous, scholarly reporting with a flair for intrigue and personality that gives Loot the fast pace of a novel. I enjoyed it immensely."

Christopher Hitchens:

“Sharon Waxman’s Loot is the most instructive as well as the most intelligent (and the most entertaining) guide through the labyrinth of antiquity and the ways in which the claims of the departed intersect with the rights of the living.”

Douglas Preston, author of The Monster of Florence:

"Loot is a riveting foray into the biggest question facing museums today: who should own the great works of ancient art? Sharon Waxman is a first-rate reporter, a veritable Euphronios of words, who not only explores the legal and moral ambiguities of the conflict but brings to life the colorful -- even outrageous -- personalities facing off for a high noon showdown over some of the world’s iconic works of art. Vivid, witty, and delightful, this book will beguile any reader with an interest in art and museums."

Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit:

“Sharon Waxman approaches her subject with the passion of a great journalist and the rigor of a scholar. It may never again be possible for some of us to walk down the halls of the Louvre or the British Museum or the Metropolitan without a vague sense of disquietude, a frisson of wonder about the provenance of some of their showcase works of ancient art.”

Karl E. Meyer, author of The Plundered Past and co-author of Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East:

"Sharon Waxman’s Loot is indispensable for everyone concerned with the illicit trade in smuggled antiquities. She exposes the self-serving humbug that too often afflicts both affluent possessors and righteous nationalists and shows that we all have a stake in getting an honest account of how great objects came to rest in our grandest museums."

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February 06, 2009

A reader's response

Who does History belong to?  That is the question.
 
It belongs to the world. To assume that it belongs to the source country
is a fallacy.  Egypt of today has no respect for antiquity or the ancient
Egyptians. Or will they ever learn that respect.
 
Looting and greed exists and has existed for thousands of years and Egyptians
have done more damage than anyone else (Nasser's dam in the 1950's).
 
We should thank the people who saved these artifacts for all of us to see and
admire. Surely, some made much money, but think what they gave us.  
Think of their scholarship (translating hieroglyphics, for one) that contributed 
to our knowledge.
 
We should thank the museums for their work in preservation and displays as
most of us would never have seen any of these treasures without them.
 
Marcia Winick
Tucson, Arizona
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