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The House of Rothschild by Niall Ferguson
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Feb 26, 2012

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I loved this, though it is a dense read and really only for history buffs.

We see the recent history of Europe through Ferguson's lens of the Rothschild family. The sections on antisemitism and Nazi Germany were the hardest to read, though fascinating. It was also interesting to see how the social status of the Rothschilds rose over time as discrimination against Jews became less socially acceptable. The story of how Peerage was bestowed on the family was especially interesting.

In the last section Ferguson's insights into the family firm as different from the public firm is well thought through.
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