The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist

The extraordinary life and crimes of heiress-turned-revolutionary Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman to pull off a major art heist. In the world of crime, there exists an unusual commonality between those who steal art and those who repeatedly kill: they are almost exclusively male. But, as with all things, there is always an outlier?someone who bucks the trend The extraordinary life and crimes of heiress-turned-revolutionary Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman t...

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Title:The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist
Author:Anthony M. Amore
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1643135295
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist Reviews

  • Kris
    Feb 07, 2021
    This is really a biography of Rose Dugdale, with the theft of the Vermeer being incidental to the story. However, Dugdale is a fascinating character to read about. She left British society to be involved with the IRA, but the IRA didn't want her (and in fact disavowed her efforts ...
  • Amy
    Jan 16, 2021
    First, it is quite remarkable that I have been able to see all of Johanne Vermeer?s paintings for how often they seem to get stolen. Well, I?ve seen all but ?The Concert?, still missing from the heist of Boston?s 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but I saw its empty frame...
  • Patricia
    Jan 03, 2021
    This was an interesting book but not, to my mind, really "art-crime." It's more of a biography of Rose Dugdale, a British debutante turned fringe IRA fighter, who was also an art thief. I read The Irish Game and felt I knew as much about her as I really needed to after t...
  • Holly
    Dec 06, 2020
    This is a very interesting book that combines history, art theft and personality. While positioned as the true story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House art heist, it's also a history of the times in which she participated. Extensive research is evident throughout the book a...
  • Robert Sheard
    Jan 04, 2021
    If you pick this one up thinking it's about Vermeer and stolen art, you're going to be disappointed. Vermeer and the art heists hinted at in the title aren't even mentioned until more than halfway through the book, and then they're finished with in 30-40 pages. ...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Jan 08, 2021
    No, non, nyet..........I almost didn't finish this book which I seldom do. Why?.......I could not bear the woman, Rose Dugdale, who was the subject of the story.....and she was unbearable. The title is somewhat misleading since the theft of the Vermeer is not addressed until l...
  • Ann
    Dec 28, 2020
    An interesting book, relating a very 1970s story. Rose Dugdale, born and raised in the upper levels of British Society (including being a debutante), became progressively more radicalized during the late 1960s. Originally a rebel without a cause, or perhaps : too many diffuse causes, s...
  • Bridget Johnson (Jameson)
    Jan 23, 2021
    The biography of Rose Dugdale, a British heiress whose revolutionary political interests led to her to commit several crimes as she tried to further the cause of Irish independence. Among those are one, possibly two, art thefts, as referenced in the title. I thought this was going t...
  • Amanda
    Jan 11, 2021
    I was extremely disappointed with this book. The title gives a reader the impression that this story is completely about the Vermeer paintings and the art heist that occurred. Wrong. It isn?t until page 140 that the stolen pieces are mentioned. About 40 pages later the heist and the ...
  • Sally Fouhse
    Dec 17, 2020
    Book club selection, otherwise I might not have chosen this book. A rather odd story, poor little rich girl gets radicalized in the 1970's, and even though she's British, the cause she chooses is Ireland and The Troubles. I didn't understand her devotion to a cause with ...
  • Jack
    Jan 23, 2021
    I thought this would be true crime book, I found it to be more of a biography of Rose Dugdale and not very much about the art heist. It is well written, but the stealing of the Vermeer is only a small portion of the book and the storyline just dragged for my tastes. ...
  • Jeannette
    Feb 15, 2021
    If you are expecting a good book about art heists prepare to be disappointed. Not much substance and Rose is not a likable person. That would not had made a difference if the story held any weight. I have read numerous books about art heists and this one, in my opinion, was mediocre at...
  • Dan
    Nov 24, 2020
    Excellent research into the back story of the Russborough House Art Heist by one of the most complex thieves I've ever read about. Put aside most everything you've ever thought you knew about art thieves for this richly woven story. Unsure if history has any other art thief/t...
  • Diane
    Jan 23, 2021
    Well, I love all things Vermeer, and I really hope to live long enough to see the return of The Concert to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, from which it disappeared in 1990. But no one, I believe, would like to solve the mystery of that heist more than the author of this book, Anth...
  • Elizabeth
    Dec 12, 2020
    I can see now why Anthony named this book what he did, mainly because of his job he frames the story around the theft of the vermers. I think ultimately the bigger and more interesting part of the story is Rose's activism. This debutante turned IRA activist is quite an interesting...
  • Heather
    Dec 26, 2020
    This was a great book but note that you might be disappointed if you?re looking for a book about art crime. It?s really a biography of Rose Dugdale with just a chapter about the heist. Read ?Stealing Rembrandt? if you want a brilliant book about art theft. ...
  • Jane
    Jan 16, 2021
    This book was not exactly what I expected it to be, but I am glad I read it! The stealing of art work was only a very narrow part of the story.... the real story was about the radicalization of an aristocratic British woman who joined in the fight for freeing Ireland from the UK. I lea...
  • Gary
    Dec 13, 2020
    The Life Of A True Radical and Revolutionary This is a fascinating and interesting account of Rose Dugdale who abandoned a life of comfort and means to advocate for the self-rule of Northern Ireland by any means necessary. Art thief, bomber, well versed in the philosophy of politica...
  • Jacob
    Feb 08, 2021
    I had to continually force myself to keep reading this book. It just seemed to me to get so far in the weeds discussing the protagonist, Rose Dugdale. I kept waiting. And waiting. And waiting...until the book gave me what the title promised...a real-life story of art theft of the highe...
  • Theresa
    Dec 27, 2020
    This seems more a bio of Rose Dugdale and her development from growing up in the English aristocracy to becoming an Irish freedom activist than it does the story of the art heist. It began pretty slowly and rather academically, and I considered dnf-ing. but then became engrossed in her...
  • Linda Gaines
    Feb 15, 2021
    I was disappointed in the book because the title led me to believe that it would be about an art heist. I've read several on various thefts and am interested in the details of them. This was mostly about the Troubles in Northern Ireland and Rose's life and actions. I was d...
  • Cassandra
    Nov 27, 2020
    I received a complimentary ARC. Moments that are written as though you were in the same place and watching it unfold. You get to peek into a life that is completely filled with so many emotions. For only having 272 pages this book covers so much detail and a really good story. ...
  • Kristen
    Jan 15, 2021
    Was given this book as a gift. First 1/3 was very academic. And a lot of back story which only led me to not like Rose. The next section was more interesting with IRA stuff. But overall -eh. ...
  • Jehree Anderson
    Jan 17, 2021
    Just wasn?t my cup of tea, was hard to hold my interest. I will say it was a good summary of her life and what she experienced. ...
  • Denise Rafferty
    Dec 17, 2020
    True Crime at it's Best Well written. This is not a genre that I usually read. It it is the time frame that I have lived and was not aware of the story. A little too much detail for me. I am left with a distaste for the British rule, their prison system, what appears to be inep...
  • Chris
    Jan 26, 2021
    I?ve never read a book that was LESS related to the title and jacket summary. This is about Rose Dugdale?s activism in The Troubles. While interesting, it was somewhat tedious with maybe 30-40 pages about the art thefts. Disappointing. ...
  • Soumya Tejam
    Jan 06, 2021
    The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist is positioned as the true story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House art heist, but it's also a history of the times in which she participated. Without being able to interview her ...
  • Suzie
    Jan 18, 2021
    This book is the story of the radicalization of Rose Dugdale and her relationship with the IRA, but the Vermeer heist is actually just a small part of the story. It's written in the style of a research paper. We all need to learn more about how people develop violent, radical view...
  • Lindsay Mack
    Jan 10, 2021
    Falsely advertised premise - this is not a book about an art heist or, for a great portion of it, Rose Dugdale. It's a non-fiction historical account that I found to be primarily focused on the political history of the Provisional IRA with allusions to some of the Provos' gre...
  • J. Shelley
    Feb 17, 2021
    Anthony Amore's The Woman Who Stole Vermeer is a study of Rose Dugdale, a revolutionary in a not-so-distant time of revolution, the 1970's. Amore is the security officer of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. He has assembled a well-researched story about Dugda...