Until the 1920s, Ferguson demonstrates, there was almost no economic, technological, or political development in Europe in which the House of Rothschild did not play some role. The rise of nationalist and national socialist movements and of official anti-Semitism, coupled with the rise in the Jazz Age of a new generation of Rothschilds that cared more for the good life than for the hard work of maintaining their holdings, led to a substantial decline in the family's authority and wealth. But even today, as Ferguson writes in this richly detailed but eminently readable history, the Rothschilds figure in European finance, continuing a legacy that Ferguson's two volumes trace from the Middle Ages to the new millennium. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As usual with Niall Ferguson we have terrific scholarship and likely the definitive study of the Rothschild dynasty . A fine work that rounds out Volume 1 quite well.Published 26 days ago by GPsomas
Purchased this and volume 1 so that I could learn about the Rothschild's rise and their current status. It seems like in order to get access to the Rothchild's papers Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Maxwell
I haven't had a chance to read the book but have had good feed back from others who have. This why I purchased it, looking forward to reading it soon.Published 13 months ago by Smokybubs
Loaded with history, a must for those who want to understand international finance, Niall Ferguson is an extremely knowledgeable writer.Published 15 months ago by BRS
The author even acknowledges that this was a commissioned piece by modern descendents. This cannot be taken seriously as a history of this predatory family that started the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by AeroEngineer
This books greatest strength is also its most formidable challenge; it doesn't miss a thing.
I am a huge fan of Niall Ferguson, both as an author and a historian, but in... Read more