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Author and Founder & President of the Monuments Men Foundation

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Robert Edsel, a former nationally ranked tennis player, began his business career in oil and gas exploration in 1981. His company, Gemini Exploration pioneered the use of horizontal drilling technology throughout the early 1990s. By 1995, Gemini had become the second most active driller of horizontal wells in the United States.

While living in Florence, he developed a great passion for art and architecture and became curious as to how so many of the monuments and great works of art survived the thefts and devastation of World War II. What began as a question evolved into an impassioned journey to unravel the secrets and heroics of the Monuments Men, the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures for the benefit of civilization. Edsel has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to painstaking and far-reaching research about the Monuments Men, which culminated in the self-publishing of his book "Rescuing Da Vinci," a detailed historical account that includes 460 photographs. Edsel is also the co-producer of the documentary, "The Rape of Europa," based on the award-winning book. The film opened in theatres across the U.S. in September 2007, in November 2008 the film was broadcast on PBS and subsequently received two Emmy nominations.

In June 2009, Edsel published "Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection" by Nancy Yeide, an internationally recognized expert in World War II-era provenance research. The thoroughly documented catalogue is the first study devoted to Goering’s entire paintings collection.

In September 2009, Edsel’s second book, "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History," a narrative telling of the story of the Monuments Men, was released by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group. In January 2012, George Clooney announced he would write, direct and star in the film version of "The Monuments Men." The highly anticipated blockbuster, released in February 2014, features an all-star cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban.

Robert Edsel’s third book, "Saving Italy" (May 2013), follows two Monuments Men as they struggle to protect and save some of the world’s greatest treasures located in Italy, including works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Edsel is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity. The Foundation was one of ten recipients of the 2007 National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given by the United States for excellence in the Humanities field.

Edsel frequently speaks about this project and his ongoing journey. He is a dynamic speaker and regularly invited to lecture at prominent institutions including appearances at the Eisenhower Institute, the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, National World War II Museum, Yale University, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Eisenhower Presidential Library, among many others.

Edsel has a long history of philanthropic endeavors. He has served on the Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Dallas Chapter), the Advisory Board of St. Philip’s School and Community Center, and as a volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission. Edsel founded the Cochran Chapel Homeowners Association in Dallas in 1993, serving as its President for the first three years. Additionally, in 2003, Edsel served as Chairman of a committee working to develop a master plan for the Turtle Creek corridor in Dallas.

In 2008, Edsel was a recipient of the President’s Call to Service Award and the “Hope for Humanity Award” from the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. In 2009, Edsel became a member of the Advisory Board for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

In January 2010, Edsel was invited to become a trustee of The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA, and serves on the Executive Committee.

In 2011, he was presented with the Texas Medal of Arts Award by Governor Rick Perry. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Mark’s School of Texas.

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Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis

Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It

Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It

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Author and Founder & President of the Monuments Men Foundation

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Robert M. Edsel Biography

Robert Edsel, a former nationally ranked tennis player, began his business career in oil and gas exploration in 1981. His company, Gemini Exploration pioneered the use of horizontal drilling technology throughout the early 1990s. By 1995, Gemini had become the second most active driller of horizontal wells in the United States.

While living in Florence, he developed a great passion for art and architecture and became curious as to how so many of the monuments and great works of art survived the thefts and devastation of World War II. What began as a question evolved into an impassioned journey to unravel the secrets and heroics of the Monuments Men, the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures for the benefit of civilization. Edsel has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to painstaking and far-reaching research about the Monuments Men, which culminated in the self-publishing of his book "Rescuing Da Vinci," a detailed historical account that includes 460 photographs. Edsel is also the co-producer of the documentary, "The Rape of Europa," based on the award-winning book. The film opened in theatres across the U.S. in September 2007, in November 2008 the film was broadcast on PBS and subsequently received two Emmy nominations.

In June 2009, Edsel published "Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection" by Nancy Yeide, an internationally recognized expert in World War II-era provenance research. The thoroughly documented catalogue is the first study devoted to Goering’s entire paintings collection.

In September 2009, Edsel’s second book, "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History," a narrative telling of the story of the Monuments Men, was released by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group. In January 2012, George Clooney announced he would write, direct and star in the film version of "The Monuments Men." The highly anticipated blockbuster, released in February 2014, features an all-star cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban.

Robert Edsel’s third book, "Saving Italy" (May 2013), follows two Monuments Men as they struggle to protect and save some of the world’s greatest treasures located in Italy, including works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Edsel is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity. The Foundation was one of ten recipients of the 2007 National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given by the United States for excellence in the Humanities field.

Edsel frequently speaks about this project and his ongoing journey. He is a dynamic speaker and regularly invited to lecture at prominent institutions including appearances at the Eisenhower Institute, the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, National World War II Museum, Yale University, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Eisenhower Presidential Library, among many others.

Edsel has a long history of philanthropic endeavors. He has served on the Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Dallas Chapter), the Advisory Board of St. Philip’s School and Community Center, and as a volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission. Edsel founded the Cochran Chapel Homeowners Association in Dallas in 1993, serving as its President for the first three years. Additionally, in 2003, Edsel served as Chairman of a committee working to develop a master plan for the Turtle Creek corridor in Dallas.

In 2008, Edsel was a recipient of the President’s Call to Service Award and the “Hope for Humanity Award” from the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. In 2009, Edsel became a member of the Advisory Board for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

In January 2010, Edsel was invited to become a trustee of The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA, and serves on the Executive Committee.

In 2011, he was presented with the Texas Medal of Arts Award by Governor Rick Perry. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Mark’s School of Texas.

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  • How much does it cost to book Robert M. Edsel?

    Booking fees for Robert M. Edsel, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robert M. Edsel, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robert M. Edsel?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robert M. Edsel for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robert M. Edsel for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robert M. Edsel or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robert M. Edsel or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Robert M. Edsel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Robert M. Edsel for your event is available upon request. Robert M. Edsel generally travels from Dallas, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Simon Lovell, Tim Tharp, Willie Nelson, Kimberly McCreight and Erik Wahl. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robert M. Edsel for an upcoming event.

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