Robert Wittman goes looking for priceless art and ends up in South Beach with posers, posses, and bikini-clad bimbos

New out in paperback is Robert Wittman‘sPriceless: How I went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures. (Co authored with John Shiffman). It’s a fun, exciting read, perfect for summer, and best of all, it’s all true!

Robert Wittman has recovered more than $225 million worth of stolen art and cultural property during his 20-year career with the FBI, and he’s largely responsible for the creation of the FBI’s Art Theft Unit.

In addition to a Rembrandt, Wittman has helped recover one of the original copies of the Bill of Rights, two paintings by Francisco Goya, five Norman Rockwell paintings and Geronimo’s eagle feather war bonnet.

John Shiffman is a Washington-based staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting in 2009 and has won numerous other honors, including the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award.

If you’re interested in hearing from the author, Wittman was interviewed on Fresh Air in 2010, when the Hardback first came out. There’s also an excerpt from the book which tells of how Wittman was taken for a ride (literally and figuratively) thinking he might find the Gardner’s lost art.

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