In recent years, several of Americaâ€™s leading art museums have voluntarily given up their finest pieces of classical art to the governments of Italy and Greece. The monetary value is estimated at over half a billion dollars. Why would they be moved to such unheard-of generosity? The answer lies at the Getty, one of the worldâ€™s richest and most troubled museums, and scandalous revelations that it had been buying looted antiquities for decades. Drawing on a trove of confidential museum records and frank interviews, Felch and Frammolino give us a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum and tell the story of the Gettyâ€™s dealings in the illegal antiquities trade. The outlandish characters and bad behavior could come straight from the pages of a thrillerâ€”the wealthy recluse founder, the cagey Italian art investigator, the playboy curator, the narcissist CEOâ€”but their chilling effects on the rest of the art world have been all too real, as the authors show in novelistic detail. Fast-paced and compelling, Chasing Aphrodite exposes the layer of dirt beneath the polished faÃ§ade of the museum business.