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The book thief; the true crimes of Daniel Spiegelman.


The book thief; the true crimes of Daniel Spiegelman.

McDade, Travis.



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As a librarian/lawyer, McDade (U. of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign) is uniquely qualified to relate the saga of a larcenous bibliophile who stole some $18 million of rare books and letters from Columbia U.'s library in the spring of 1994. Drawing on interviews with people involved in the story, but purposely excluding Spiegelman, he chronicles not only the events but also the court's groundbreaking application of federal sentencing guidelines to "rare and unique elements of our cultural heritage." (They really threw the book at him!)

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Date:Feb 1, 2007
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