|Robert K. Wittman, with John Shiffman.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2011|
Rising from humble roots as the son of an antiques dealer, Robert Wittman built a 20-year FBI career of going undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves and black market traders around the world. In this compulsively readable memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of art by Rembrandt, Monet, Rodin, and Picasso, as well as the golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king, the headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow, the Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation's first African-American regiments, and even a few locks of George Washington's hair. Wittman also recounts how he recovered an original copy of the Bill of Rights, and cracked the scam that rocked the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.