The House Of Rothschild: The World's Banker, 1849-1998
- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 28 September 2000
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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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