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Barry Landau Not The Man I Thought Him To Be

July 12, 2011

Earlier this year I bought the book “The President’s Table” by Barry H. Landau as I had heard marvelous reports about the text.  It is a grand book, but now it seems the historian I much enjoy may be less than he seems.

I hate when this happens.

Barry H. Landau is recognized as one of the foremost collectors of presidential artifacts and memorabilia, having worked with every White House since the Lyndon Johnson administration.

Now police in Baltimore are accusing him and another man of stealing millions of dollars worth of historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society.

Landau and Jason Savedoff are accused of stealing documents from the society’s museum library after an employee thought the pair exhibited suspicious behavior.

According to a Baltimore Police Department report, the employee said he watched Savedoff take a document, conceal it in a portfolio and walk out of the library with it on Saturday. The employee then called police.

The report states 60 documents were found in Savedoff’s locker near the library, some of which were signed out by Landau.

The men were found to be in possession of documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln valued at $300,000, along with signed commemorations of both the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument, each valued at $100,000.

  1. B. D. permalink
    September 26, 2011 6:38 AM

    Why would anyone be surprised about this?? He is a Democrat, after all.

  2. Stan permalink
    August 3, 2011 2:20 PM

    Agreed Nick. Guy’s a power player & unbelievably full of himself. Felt uneasy whenever I was around him.

  3. Nick permalink
    August 3, 2011 2:11 AM

    actually, i know barry as well, and called him one of my best friends for several years, until he threatened me and my girlfriend and I realized that this man isn’t my friend and never was. he clearly had ulterior motives with me. i know more about him than most people, and I can tell you that he lives a lie and thus will never and can never be truly happy. on one hand, I’m sad for him and hope that the hand of justice isn’t too heavy on the guy. on the other hand, karma’s a bitch.

  4. beth permalink
    August 2, 2011 10:27 PM

    don’t judge a book by its cover………..I have know Barry for 10 years and this is not the man I know, and I believe there is more to this story……………

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