The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family
Ron ChernowISBN: 0679743596;
Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and, later, of German-American) Jewry. They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism, and their sense of patriotism became increasingly dangerous in a Germany that had declared Jews the enemy. Ron Chernow's hugely fascinating history is a group portrait of a clan whose members were renowned for their brilliance, culture, and personal energy yet tragically vulnerable to the dark and irrational currents of the twentieth century. "Splendid.... Chernow does a wonderful job fleshing out the lives of the major characters in this family drama." -- Wall Street Journal "[Ron Chernow] has surpassed himself in this absorbing chronicle." -- The New Yorker "This is grand-scale...
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