The subtitle is "stories of missing works of Art and Literature".
This is a wonderful little book full of amazing and interesting stories about what has happened to major works of art and literature throughout the centuries. The Mona Lisa went missing for a few years, a book of incredible value was sent to America on the Titanic, because it was deemed the safest option for such a treasure.
Gerkoski maintains that art and literature reflect the society that creates them and by implication, the culture that destroys them. He has a lot of fun as amateur detective in searching out some of the myths regarding some works and where no evidence is forthcoming he has some great opinions and speculations as to what may have happened.
A very entertaining read.