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By Anne-Marie O'Connor

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The precise tale that encouraged the motion picture Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Contributor to the Washington Post Anne-Marie O’Connor brilliantly regales us with the galvanizing tale of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. the distinguished portray, stolen via Nazis in the course of global battle II, hence turned the topic of a decade-long dispute among her heirs and the Austrian government.

When the U.S. splendid courtroom grew to become considering the case, its choice had profound ramifications within the paintings global. Expertly researched, masterfully advised, The girl in Gold is right away a beautiful depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting story of Nazi struggle crimes, and a desirable glimpse into the high-stakes workings of the modern artwork world.

One of the simplest Books of the 12 months: The Huffington PostThe Christian technological know-how Monitor.  
Winner of the Marfield nationwide Award for humanities Writing. Winner of a California ebook Award. 

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