How To Steal The Mona Lisa: This Book Helps You Plan Your Own Daring Heists


Whether you’re an actual shady character trying to pick up morsels of wisdom or just a curious bloke who likes to live vicariously through others’ criminal exploits, everyone appreciates reading about a good heist.  And while How to Steal the Mona Lisa is more about hypothetical high-stakes thievery than any actual heists that have taken place, it’s one fun read that should stir up your imagination.

Written by Taylor Bayouth, the book profiles seven existing works of art and historical artifacts, each of which is currently secured at separate, highly-fortified locations around the world.  Going beyond the typical profile, it both documents the kind of security being utilized to protect each prized object and explores your options in circumventing them.

How to Steal the Mona Lisa is, basically, a book that details the findings of the author’s reconnaissance on the Hope Diamond, the Mona Lisa, the Archaeopteryx Lithographica, Rodin’s Thinker, King Tut’s golden mask, the Crown Jewels, and the Codex Leicester.  Along with the reconnaissance, it schools readers on various skills they’ll need to properly conduct a heist, including picking locks, climbing buildings, navigating air ducts, hacking security systems, camouflaging a getaway car, wearing a disguise, and more.

Yes, there’s an absurd element to a speculative book about heists.  Fortunately, the author knows it, so there’s plenty of absurdity to be enjoyed throughout its 224 pages, from excessively-elaborate preparations (like digging a tunnel that leads to right under a museum) to hilariously baffling challenges (like how you’re going to steal a sculpture that weighs 1,900 pounds).

Available now, How to Steal the Mona Lisa is priced at $11.20 for the paperback.

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2 Responses

  1. Reed B.

    This is a good, cheap read. I always wanted to be a burglar and fancy movies that are situated with heists like these.

  2. Pete

    My favorite movies are comedies and heist movies. This book looks interesting because it combines both of my favorite genres, plus I have an interest in historic artifacts. This book is now on my must-read list.If you liked Oceans 11, then this book looks like it will be right up your alley.

    I clicked on the authors name on Amazon and was surprised she didn’t have any other books written. I’m sure with the popularity of this book that she will be getting another one published. I hope so, because I like her topic of choice she wrote about with “How To Steal The Mona Lisa.”

    I’m going to buy it on Kindle, but I really wonder what my coworkers would think if they seen me reading the paper copy of it in the break room.


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