It details, from Col. Bogdanos' point of view as a Marine on active duty and a connoisseur of Classical Studies, the efforts he and his team made to recover Iraq's looted cultural heritage. Quoting Amazon.com, Matthew Bogdanos, "is currently the assistant district attorney in Manhattan, a colonel in the Marine Reserves, middleweight boxer, and native New Yorker. He holds a degree in classics from Bucknell University, a law degree and a master's degree in Classical Studies from Columbia University, and a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College." Are you impressed yet?
To highlight a few parts of the book, it is centered around the author's first-hand experiences and details the relationships he forged with the National Museum's staff and the Iraqi people, the hunt for and eventual recovery of antiquities including well-known objects like the Warka Vase and Mask of Uruk, and how this is all related to the highly problematic international black market sale of looted or illegally acquired antiquities.
The University of Delaware is currently working with the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in an effort to conserve Iraq's cultural heritage. More information can be found here: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2013/may/iraqi-institute-053113.html
About the book: http://books.google.com/books?id=lw08KzMnzbsC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
The NPR interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5024219