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The Rothschilds

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Perhaps no other name in history can so truly encapsulate the phrase “rags to riches” as Rothschild does.

In the late eighteenth century, it was a gentle, astute Jew born in a Frankfurt ghetto, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, whose interest in old coins and canny investments would set the family on the path to becoming one of the most powerful dynasties of Europe.

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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Endeavour Press (first published January 1st 1973)
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Steven Peterson
Aug 20, 2016 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
This is a workmanlike biography of a family--the Rothschilds, whose financial accomplishments were extraordinary for the time. The book is functionally written, not elegantly so. But the information and detail makes this a fine work. Regrettably, the book was published some time ago. It would be nice to see where the family is today. But that is a mere cavil.

The tale begins many years ago, in Hamburg Germany, as Mayer Amschel Rothschild, living in a Jewish ghetto, began his business career in a
Lora Grigorova
Aug 18, 2014 Lora Grigorova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rothschilds. A Family of Fortune:

Like every wealthy and old family the Rothschilds are surrounded by numerous rumors and unconfirmed stories. From the idea that they control the world through their vast wealth (still not proven) to the story that they knew the outcome of the Waterloo battle before the British Government (true) they are one of the most hated and admired families alive. Back in the 18th century an uneducated Jew of the name of Mayer Rot
Nov 15, 2015 Mandy rated it it was ok
A very pedestrian and really quite uninspired biography of the Rothschilds. The facts are all there, and the research has obviously been painstaking and thorough, but none of the family come alive and in fact I found it hard to really distinguish one from another. The author seems to think they are all equally praiseworthy. And although I am well aware that the Rothschilds are famous for their financial skills, reading about each and every deal they have ever made became increasingly tedious. I ...more
Oct 29, 2016 Ivan rated it it was amazing
amazing how can family survive for more than 200 years as the richest persons in the world! Two words only come to my m

Mind.... Jews, and towards that =family bonds! Congratulations for the Rothschilds and for the author of this prominent book! amazing
Joel Sommer
Sep 27, 2016 Joel Sommer rated it liked it
This book gives a good perspective of how incredibly rich this family was and what power they had over the world's finances. Almost a monopoly in some since. I found it interesting up until it talked about the modern part of the family.
Sep 14, 2016 John rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction
Fascinating read.
Leonard Gladden
Jul 25, 2016 Leonard Gladden rated it really liked it
Solid and Without the Conspiracies

The writing here is solid and factual. Many of the stories of this famous banking family focus on the sensational and conspiratorial. By simply telling the history, we get a picture of brilliant people working hard to better the family and the rewards it brought. The writer's style contains very few sensational elements, so it doesn't necessarily get the blood pumping. However, it's consistently interesting enough to keep the reader in the tale.
Rebecca The Files of Mrs. E,
I've heard the name Rothschilds in various contexts but never knew much about the family and found them fascinating. I feel like everyone should know more about this family because besides accumulating a vast fortune and changing the way international banking worked, they also influenced the tides of history and broke down huge barriers for Jewish people the world over.
Jul 09, 2016 Monty rated it it was amazing
Most Enlightening Biography

This book, now slightly dated, reveals the fascinating history of one of Europe's and Britain's most powerful and wealthy families. Traced from their humble beginnings through the early 1970's, anyone interested in European history will find the book impossible to put down. Highly recommended.
Oct 06, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, net-galley
I received this book from net galley and believed it to be a newly written book. It was written in 1973 so is now out of date. However an interesting biography of one of the greatest banking families in the world. Easy to read too. A family tree would have helped unravel some of the relationships though.
MarQuinta  Moore
Jul 29, 2016 MarQuinta Moore rated it liked it
This seems to jump around a lot, it became a little hard to keep track of who I was reading about. Also had a lot of generalizations in this book, which for some parts this is understandable, but it didn't feel like they made sense to the story.
Sonya Benge
Aug 28, 2016 Sonya Benge rated it it was ok

Did not enjoy the documentary style in which this book is written. I would have rather learned more of the Rothschilds person lives rather than a listing of accomplishments.
Luis Delgado
Apr 20, 2016 Luis Delgado rated it it was amazing
The Rothschilds

Es un magnifico libro que nos muestra que no solo hay que ser inteligente para lograr una inmensa fortuna y que los herederos no la despilfarren con el tiempo. Nos confirma que el mejor comprador es el Estado.
Deepika Arora
Dec 12, 2015 Deepika Arora rated it it was ok
A very prosaic summary of all Rothschilds who have existed. The narrative does not distinguish between fact, fiction and rumor. In fact, towards the end, the author herself falls prey to undisguised hero worship of the highly successful
Gina Basham
Nov 13, 2015 Gina Basham rated it liked it
A little dry

It is impossible to keep track of each of the Rockefellers as the inter married each other. The book was dry and weighty but a good description of the history. I would recommend but only for someone looking for research purposes. Gbash
Sandra Turner
Jul 08, 2016 Sandra Turner rated it liked it
A recitation of fact, some interesting some boring. The book does not come alive. If you want to know who the Rothschilds are, this is a good place to to start, but don't expect to be swept away the story.
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