A new book investigates the illicit trade in antiquities and raises uneasy questions over cultural patrimony, the fevers of nationalism and the imperial ambitions of museums.
Posted on Oct 24, 2008
Karl E. Meyer’s dozen books include The Plundered Past, The Art Museum: Power, Money, Ethics, and The Pleasures of Archaeology. He is co-author most recently (with Shareen Brysac) of Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East (Norton: 2008). A longtime member of The New York Times Editorial Board, he earlier served as London Bureau Chief and editorial writer at The Washington Post, and from 2000-2008 was editor of The World Policy Journal, published at The New School. A Princeton Ph.D., Meyer has taught at Princeton, Yale, Tufts and Bard College, and has been a Reuter Fellow at Oxford and a resident fellow at the the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (the Institute of Advanced Studies at Berlin). He lives in New York and Weston, Ct.