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Gold and Iron: Bismarck, Bleichröder and the Building of the German Empire

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Winner of the Lionel Trilling Award
Nominated for the National Book Award

This is a book about Germans and Jews, about power and money. It is a book focused on Bismarck and Bleichröder, Junker and Jew, statesman and banker, collaborators for over thirty years. The setting is that of a Germany where two worlds clashed: the new world of capitalism and an earlier world with its
Paperback, 672 pages
Published September 12th 1979 by Vintage
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Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hard core history buffs
One can’t escape the feeling when reading this book that it is an important historical work. It is an intricate exploration of the complex relationship between Otto von Bismark (the “iron”) and his Jewish banker Gerson Bleichroder (the “gold”).

For those (like myself) woefully uninitiated in the machinations of Germany during the Franco-Prussian war or Bismark’s long tenure as Germany’s chancellor, this tome is tough reading. Stern writes with the imbedded assumption that the reader is well aware
Jan 22, 2012 added it
Old school-history, so not the breeziest or concise of reads - a pretty solid grasp of post 1848 European history is a must. This is effectively a history of the Second Reich told as a biography of two men and when Fritz isn't plunging into the Byzantine world of railway consortia and Prussian real estate it works wonderfully well. In the relationship between these two men Stern sees in miniature the tragedy of German and Jewish history and he tells this story with verve and mastery.
Spencer Wilson
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Very enlightening and informative but a bit tedious to read.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. The man behind Bismark and the financing of the German unification. It was a pleasure to see the inner workings from a new prospective. It is interesting after reading the House of Rothschild to see the power behind Bismark. Great book for any one interested in the rise of the industrial age and the power of Europe pre WWI & WWII ...more
Peter Walker
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Whilst this is a detailed account of the times and the relationship between Bismarck and Bleichroeder, I just ran out of puff so to speak. Too much - one just want's the characters off the stage earlier in history!
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm writing a paper on the Methodology of this book, so I might have something interesting to say about it in about two months. This is the second time I've read it.
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Fritz Richard Stern was born in Breslau, Silesia, to prominent parents: his father, Rudolf Stern, a physician and medical researcher, and his mother, Käthe Brieger Stern, a noted theorist and reformer in the education of young children. After converting from Judaism to Lutheran Protestantism in the 1890s, his family emigrated to the United States in 1938, forced to leave by the virulently anti-Jew ...more

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