Browse through these chilling novels
14 Visions of a Dystopian America, from Orwell to Atwood
View the List

The Book Thieves

Hardcover $28.00

Feb 07, 2017 | 368 Pages

Ebook $14.99

Feb 07, 2017 | 368 Pages

Audiobook Download $22.50

Feb 07, 2017 | 820 Minutes

  • Hardcover $28.00

    Feb 07, 2017 | 368 Pages

  • Ebook $14.99

    Feb 07, 2017 | 368 Pages

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Get the news you want from Penguin Random House

Praise

“A chilling reminder of Hitler’s twisted power.” —BBC

An erudite exploration of the systematic plundering of libraries and book collections by Nazi invaders. Looting books by mainly Jewish owners, collections, and libraries was an effective way of stealing Jewish memory and history, as this thorough work of research by Swedish journalist and editor Rydell attests . . . An Engrossing, haunting journey for biliophiles and World War II historians alike.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“A Fascinating and untold story about the greatest book theft in history.” —Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
 
“Anders Rydell has written a compelling book about [the Nazis’] attempt to author a cultural history without any influence from the Reich’s enemies. Rydell’s book is a gripping read … The Book Thieves is a personal, well-written, and greatly informative title … that fills a big gap in the field of research.” —Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
 
“Anders Rydell has written an as harrowing as it is riveting book about the Nazis’ plunder of Europe’s libraries, a large-scale attack on its cultural heritage. … One can only praise the expert work Rydell has done, resulting in a book that can be read as an educative thriller.” — Borås Tidning (Sweden)
 
“Anders Rydell has written a fascinating cultural history account of the Germany that was transformed from the country of Goethe and Schiller, to that of Nürnberg, the Crystal Night, and the Holocaust.” —Aftonbladet (Sweden)
 
“An engaging work on the Nazis’ book theft /…/ Rydell’s work is dedicated and constitutes a solid mapping of the quiet work being done in Berlin, Vilnius, Prague, Paris and other cities. The author tells of the monstrosities committed in the best possible manner. He mixes his library visits and historical background with a consistently confident tone. It might appear cynical to talk about tone here, but Rydell’s at times beautiful, at times matter-of-fact and restrained writing does wonders for the reader’s engagement. Reality as it has been – and is today – does not have to be added to with emotionally loaded pointers.” —Östgöta Correspondenten (Sweden)
 
 “One can only state that [Anders Rydell] has done it again /…/ The presentation has a depictive momentum and objective lucidity. The Book Thieves is a historical commentary of the highest quality. /…/ The symbolism is as arresting as it is appropriate. This makes The Book Thieves into something much more than just a gripping tale of Europe’s darkest years.” —񠬈Sydsvenskan (Sweden)
 
 “Just like in Rydell’s August Prize nominated book The Looters from 2013, wherein the Nazis’ great art thefts were uncovered, The Book Thieves opens the way for a multitude of fascinating perspectives and angles.” Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden “Dante had Virgil as his guide in the Inferno. Rydell guides the reader through the different circles of the Hell on Earth that the Nazis created.” —Norrbottens-Kuriren (Sweden)

“Rydell is an extremely effective popular history expert who solidly maps not only the book plundering, but also summarizes its long history.” Göteborgs-Posten (Sweden)

Product Details

Also by Anders Rydell

Back to Top