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.
A fascinating story, but very heavy on detail and light on the characters involved, except for Natty who was more drawn out, which may have been because there was more resource... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dennis Rutzou
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 4 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 6 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 13 months ago by AeroEngineer
I wanted to know more about the family who financed the Suez Canal and so, and I did not want in the Fantasy Conspiracy Theories world, so this book is so well search, In Latin... Read morePublished 15 months ago by rod
I'm only 1/3 of the way through it, so I can't really comment! But Niall Ferguson is a fantastic financial historian - I've have many of his books, and he really knows his stuff !Published 17 months ago by AnnR
OK, I knew this was a work of academic history. But I figured Niall Ferguson would unleash his fierce wit and insight. Read morePublished 20 months ago by CB