Praise for A Dangerous Woman:
"Energetic...Ronald's group portrait is breath-taking and quite modern." --New York Times Book Review
"Ronald traces Gould's amoral life and high-flying times...elegant and beautiful, she used sex and charm as her currency, trading them for favors and luxuries that let her sail through the war years unscathed." --New York Post
"A lively picture of the world in which Florence moved, with all its intricate financial shenanigans, rivalrous investors and glittering social occasions." --Wall Street Journal
"Ronald provides an unvarnished account of the life of avant-garde socialite Florence Lacaze Gould, whose dazzling, gilded lifestyle belied her dark side as a libertine, Nazi collaborator, and war profiteer...History lovers will welcome this impressive book about a captivating, flawed woman." --Publishers Weekly
"Drawing on many published sources, newspaper reports of Gould's scandalous escapades, and Gould's often fraudulent testimony when she was interrogated as a Nazi collaborator, Ronald conveys the glittering surface of Gould's life...A light, lively narrative about a singular, narcissistic woman." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Hitler's Art Thief:
"[A] riveting portrait of Gurlitt, who detested the Nazis, and stole from them, but did their bidding in the name of 'saving modern art'." --The New Yorker
"Ronald situates Gurlitt's life and career amid the turmoil of Weimar Germany and then the evolution of Nazi art-looting campaigns...[adding] many new details about Gurlitt's dealings." --Wall Street Journal
"Susan Ronald tells the back story of what may be the most startling art-world bust in modern history." --USA Today
"One man's extraordinary career of thievery...an exhaustively researched and well written book that has a cautionary tale for all of us." --Forbes
"Outstanding...Hitler's Art Thief brilliantly examines the motivating forces, both internal and external, that led Hildebrand Gurlitt to go work for the Führer." --The Jerusalem Post
A Dangerous Woman is Susan Ronald's revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940’s Paris.
The world was stunned when eighty-year old Cornelius Gurlitt became an international media superstar in November 2013 on the discovery of over 1,400 artworks in his 1,076 square-foot Munich apartment, valued at around $1.35 billion. Gurlitt became known as a man who never was - he didn't have a bank account, never paid tax, never received social security. He simply did not exist.