The House of Rothschild : Money's Prophets 1798-1848, Paperback

The House of Rothschild : Money's Prophets 1798-1848 Paperback

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In his rich and nuanced portrait of the remarkable, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family's phenomenal economic success.

He reveals for the first time the details of the family's vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. And he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of unity and the profound role of Judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the Frankfurt ghetto and later used its influence to assist oppressed Jews throughout Europe.

A definitive work of impeccable scholarship with a thoroughly engaging narrative, "The House of Rothschild" is a biography of the rarest kind, in which mysterious and fascinating historical figures finally spring to life.




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Niall Ferguson, instead of his grand sweeping analyses of historical trends, instead aims for a grand sweeping analysis of how a merchant family from the German Jewish ghettoes became one of the richest and most powerful and secretive institutions in the world.<br/><br/>He does a remarkable job, analyzing correspondence and uncovering an enormous amount of detail, from the art patronage of the family to the collapse of the Spanish bond markets. Some might complain that there is a bit too much detail, but I am the kind of person who savors it.<br/><br/>The world of economics and banking and empire is unquestionably savage. Yet Ferguson portrays this misunderstood group in a very positive light. Some will find this controversial, naturally. I was very interested in this contrarian perspective, and hope to read the next half soon enough.

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