The Rothschild dynasty of power and wealth would not only become a force to be reckoned with in the banking industry, but they would also become the ceaseless subject of scandal, conspiracy theories, and awe. Descriptions full of hyperbole have been on public display for centuries, such as the family description that appeared in the Niles' Weekly Register in 1836, "The Rothschilds are the wonders of modern banking ...Not a cabinet moves without their advice. They stretch their hand, with equal ease, from Petersburgh to Vienna, from Vienna to Paris, from Paris to London, from London to Washington...They are the brokers and counselors of the kings of Europe and of the republican chiefs of America. What more can they desire?"
The Rothschild Family: The History and Legacy of the International Banking Dynasty looks at one of the richest families in history.
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Good short intro / visit to this history
The book opens with a broad (if shallow) sketch of Jewish history in Europe. The basic story of this family, particularly the first prominent generations, is told. Controversy (and conspiracy theory) is not explored, but is briefly sketched. Overall, good value, perhaps as a lead in to one of the bigger books.
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