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am 19. Dezember 1999
I think that a rich bibliography at the end of a good volume like this is necessary for every reader , from the lowest train-reader to the highest scholar. The fact is simple : the paperback edition lacks the BIBLIOGRAPHY !
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am 28. Dezember 1998
Ferguson has written a rare work: a family chronicle which is both a compelling read, and is good history. The text is richly detailed, while the very complete footnotes provide the reader with a clear sense of the broad scholarship that has gone into the book. One caveat: while Ferguson points out in his introduction that the work is not a financial history, he unfortunately doesn't paint as rich a picture of the financial markets of the early 19th century as the book requires. While the house's trading history makes for a fascinating read, it takes place without any contextual comparison of how other market makers behaved and traded (other than an occasional comparison of profits and losses). Still, though, it's a minor criticism of a great book. Highly recommended.
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am 26. Juli 1999
Ferguson's book is really stunning, especially when viewed against the family's mythology. In Frederic Morton's The Rothschilds, for instance, we read that Nathan Rothschild, founder of the London branch, made his fortune by selling down British consols and then scooping then up at fire-sale prices. This was reportedly initiated when Nathan learned of Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo. But in The House of Rothschild, we learn that Waterloo posed more difficulties than opportunities for the family. This book is definitely a must-buy for those interested in financial history.
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am 28. Dezember 1998
Some years ago I read Corti's work from the 1750's through to the 1830's. I was hooked. Sadly, Cowle, Roth and Morton were disappointing. Niall's work has been a long time coming but the wait has been very worthwhile. A word of warning - I was fortunate to spot and purchase the entire book, right up to present times. Read the small print in 'Money's Prophets' and you will see that it is the first of two volumes. What the heck? For those who have to, the wait for volume II will again be worth it!
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am 9. Mai 2000
This thorough, long, and orderly history of the Rothschild banking dynasty is a deeply traditional business history text. It's full of coherent details, narrated clearly. There are thousands of footnotes, and a huge bibliography. As reference material, I'm sure it's flawless. It's obvious that the author accomplished his goal. But I wished for one meal described, one suit of clothes worn, one grand (or not-so-grand) apartment described. Alas, none of this is included in this story. Pitifully few tidbits flesh out this text. It's business history set against a background of world history, but neither the motivations nor the humanness of the Rothschilds is part of the picture. Ultimately, it disappoints.
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am 26. Dezember 1999
Shame on Penguin and Mr. Ferguson for the paperback version which contains no bibliography and has abbreviated footnotes. Persons who buy paperbacks have as great a need for the appurtenances of scholarship as hardback buyers. Further it seems a travesty to publish a book with a revisionist flavor and leave out the underpinnings of the argument, a statement of sources. Not to mention splitting the book in two to gouge the US reader!
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am 10. April 2000
After reading the numerous glowing reviews I thought I would enter a story about a fascinating family during a turbulent period in history. Instead I felt as though I was reading a financial piece. Too much detail. I kept looking for the book to breakout and read like the reviews.It is rare that I do not finish a book but after 220 pages I gave up.
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am 3. Dezember 1998
First rate History book that is an easy read. The beginnings of the modern day bond market formed during the French Revolution. All the major players of the 19th century are at some point involved with this extraordinary Family.
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am 22. Mai 2000
The last two chapters of this book zing along like the first part, "Money's Prophets." That volume was fascinating for the way it made financial history a story of personalities and social trends. This volume gets bogged down in the middle in British political history. You learn in excruciating detail about the Rothschild's involvement with Liberal and Tory politicians. But their social role gets buried.
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am 20. April 2000
The book had many facts and details that broke up the pace of the book for me. The author appears to be the first writer who has gained access to much of the Rothchild's historical records. He then has so many facts that any future writer of this family will have to footnote him till their big toe hurts. I have found Ron Chernow books well documented and that they read like a novel rather than a High School text book.
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