Only a fraction of the true stories in this book was seen in the 1953 episode of the This Is Your Life television series with Ralph Edwards.
Read the whole true story in this new book!
Movie participation is now invited.
NOVEMBER 2014 UPDATE: Things are moving quickly. Joe is still in progress (see the October update below). Editorial work has entered an exciting new phase. But of more excitement is the re-titled book! With the stories of more and more family members in its pages, we needed a title that lets people know this is about more than one person. The story of Salvatore is still dominant, but so many others share the pages that we need to let people know going in, to expect more than just one. The title will not be final until the book is in publication, but we are excited about the new one. On our contact page, you can let us know your thoughts on it!
OCTOBER 2014 UPDATE: The "complete and unabridged" version of The Noble Sculptor is (again) nearing completion. It has expanded significantly. It will likely now exceeds 620 pages of solid stories and support. In addition, there are extensive standalone stories of select members of this family, most recently including cousin, Joe Goodrich. Joe's life includes stories of WWII and of his engineering patents have been used in NASA’s space program and by the military. His successful life in drafting and engineering came after dropping out of high school and not completing college.
Commended by both Britain and the United States for helping to save over 600 lives during World War II.
Over ten years in the making, all come together in hundreds of pages of one family's Passion for Life and America.
•Adventurer • Lover
•Musician • Singer • Composer
• Sculptor • Hero
Father to famous artist, Salvatore Scarpitta, Jr., one of World War II's Monuments Men.
An internationally known sculptor whose work has already been seen by millions of people.
An American immigrant who put his life on the line for America, his family, and his beliefs.
Based on extensive research including original interviews, primary source documents, and eyewitness and family contributions, this new book is the most complete and authoritative work on the man and his family.
Have you seen George Clooney's movie, The Monuments Men? Salvatore Cartaino Scarpitta was a real monuments man. He created monuments! His famous artist son, Salvatore Scarpitta, Jr., was one of the Monuments Men as honored in George Clooney's Monuments Men movie. This Monuments Man's father, Salvatore, Sr., was a world renowned sculptor. Eventually, he made his home in Hollywood, California.
Some are saying that this new book, a true story, is more compelling than The Monuments Men. Here, you will read of the true adventures of Salvatore, Sr., just some of which include stowing away aboard ships, crossing deserts, and sculpting the quintessential life sized statue of the famous Marlene Dietrich used in the movie, Song of Songs. Among other remarkable works, he constructed the figures at the entrance to the Los Angeles County-USC Hospital, which, at the time of its construction, was the largest county hospital in the country. Salvatore's son, Sal, Jr., worked as part of the Monuments Men in Italy. While working as a Monuments Man, his son actually saved his own father's work!
Why would his father, Salvatore, Sr., intentionally destroy a two story monument he had spent years constructing? Why did he become an enemy to Mussolini with whom he had a personal connection? Find out in the pages of this new book. Here is a man who loved his adopted country, America. He was an adventurer in life and in the passion of love. You must hear this true story of the adventures of Salvatore Scarpitta! The book is coming soon!
Not just one, but multiple movies live within the pages of this book. Read them all!
While you wait for release of The Noble Sculptor, visit the Monuments Men Foundation website as well as the official Monuments Men site for more.
Read The Monuments Men book by Robert M. Edsel.
Find out the history of the Monuments Men in World War II.
Also see the excellent documentary, The Rape of Europa,
based on the book by Lynn H. Nicholas.
Finally, sign up to read this book at its release for a very personal look at a sculptor, a Monuments Man's father, who, with his family, heroically worked to save countless escaping soldiers and airmen of multiple Allied countries.
This story is more than one man's actions during the war. Follow his life from boyhood to adulthood through adventures, loves, and as an artist respected in countries around the world. Follow several generations including those who lived with him and generations after. Sign up today so that you won't miss this book at its release!