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Art of the Heist, The (edition 2009)

by Myles J. Connor, Jr. (Author), Jenny Siler

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Title:Art of the Heist, The
Authors:Myles J. Connor, Jr. (Author)
Other authors:Jenny Siler
Info:Harper (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 290 pages
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The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Thief by Myles J. Connor

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I checked The Art of the Heist out of the library because I thought it was a true crime book about art theft. It was not. The Art of the Heist was about Myles Connor and his stories with only a few of them being about art heists. Most of it was boring and was basically a convicted criminal reminiscing (and bragging) about his exploits regardless of whether they involved art. ( )
  Irishcontessa | Mar 30, 2013 |
I'm giving this one negative ten stars! This is the sad, pitiful tale of a thug whose ego and self agrandizing mannerisms are larger than the amount of treasures and banks he has robbed.

Small in stature and weight, Miles hailed from a middle class family. His father a cop, his mother a good person. This guy's psychological condition could be a case study for counselors. I'm not one, but I'd venture to say that he is a sociopath with a hugely inflated sense of importance.

Rubbing banks, stealing art works and emotionally ruining people seem to be about the social skill level of this guy. In my day and age I think he word to describe him would be "punk". Bragging about how great you are when so many were impacted simply isn't tolerable.

Why this book was published is beyond me. I read most of it and then couldn't take it any more.
  Whisper1 | Sep 22, 2012 |
The slick logic of an antisocial art thief detracts. Because he wrote it himself there is no practical investigation or commentary. "i was framed'. Would like to know more about his art thefts and his dealings with the underground art world rather than his bank robberies. But that would be another book. ( )
  tuliene | Feb 27, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061672289, Hardcover)

From New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, to the Smithsonian Institution in D.C., to Boston's Museum of Fine Art, to dozens of regional museums throughout the United States, no museum was off-limits to leg­endary art thief Myles Connor. He has used every technique in the book, from breaking and entering, to cat burglary, to false identities and elaborate con jobs. He once even grabbed a Rembrandt off a wall in broad daylight and simply ran like hell. His IQ is at genius level, and his charm is legendary. The fact that he was in jail at the time of the famous robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum—which remains the largest art theft in American history—has not stopped the FBI from considering him a top suspect in that still unsolved robbery.

How did the son of a decorated policeman grow up to become one of Boston's most notorious criminals? How did he survive a decades-long feud with the Boston police and the FBI? How did he manage to escape one jail sentence with a simple fake gun carved out of soap? How did he trade the return of a famous Rembrandt in exchange for early release from another sentence?

The Art of the Heist is a roller-coaster ride of a life, by a man who was drawn to misadventure at every turn. As a promising young rock star, Myles Connor started collecting Japanese swords and weapons. Soon his collection expanded through less than legitimate means, and his education in European masters and modern artists accelerated. Disguised as an art collector, he spent time in the archives of museums far and wide, and visited after hours to take advantage of what he learned by day.

Along the way, he robbed banks, warehouses, trailers, and estate homes. He engaged in rooftop shootouts with the police. He walked the streets of Boston in disguise while dozens of policemen were out searching for him. The Art of the Heist is part confession, part thrill ride, and impossible to put down.

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From New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, to the Smithsonian Institution in D.C., to Boston's Museum of Fine Art, to dozens of regional museums throughout the United States, no museum was off-limits to art thief Myles Connor. His IQ is at genius level, and his charm is legendary. Part confession, part thrill ride, "The Art of the Heist" is impossible to put down.

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