The Warburgs

The Warburgs : The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, comes this definitive biography of the Warburgs, one of the great German-Jewish banking families of the twentieth century. 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 820 pages
  • 157 x 231 x 46mm | 1,089g
  • VINTAGE
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0525431837
  • 9780525431831
  • 1,196,663

About Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow's bestselling books include The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award; The Warburgs, which won the George S. Eccles Prize; The Death of the Banker; Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Washington: A Life, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; and Alexander Hamilton, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and adapted into the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Chernow has served as president of PEN American Center and has received seven honorary doctoral degrees. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.show more

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-A twentieth-century epic [told] with authority, sympathy, and panache. . . . Important, fascinating, and moving.- --The Washington Post Book World -Excellent. . . . An enthralling story, told with a novelist's zest.- --The New York Times Book Review -Splendid. . . . Chernow does a wonderful job fleshing out the lives of the major characters in this family drama.- --The Wall Street Journal -[Ron Chernow] has surpassed himself in this absorbing chronicle.- --The New Yorker -This is grand-scale scholarship. . . . It is all here, along with so much of the painful, tumultuous history of our time, all in one splendid book.- --David McCullough, author of The Wright Brothers -Ron Chernow's blockbuster history traces the heart-rending saga of this German-Jewish banking family. . . . Despite his scrupulous documentation of sources, Chernow is never less than readable. A graceful and lucid writer, he offers old-fashioned narrative in the grand style.- --Newsday -The history of a fascinating family. . . . What we learn about in this book is people. . . . Chernow is very good at bringing them to life. He has a sharp eye for detail. . . . One can open the book anywhere and enjoy it.- --The New Republic -Ron Chernow . . . has made the stories of these four brothers the cornerstones of a dark, though not quite tragic, family saga. [He is] a graceful writer with an eye for the telling anecdote. . . . The result is a book of considerable pathos and immediacy. . . . Through his portrait of this complex dynastic organism, he sheds interesting light on various larger historical themes.- --The Boston Globe -Excellent family history. . . . This chronicle of one of the most important banking families in history tells us much about the people. . . . A great, and lengthy, saga.- --The Times (London) -The Warburgs stand revealed as a family more fortune-kissed, fated and fascinating even than the Kennedys, and . . . just as important . . . and now their story has been ably told.- --The New York Daily Newsshow more

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"A twentieth-century epic [told] with authority, sympathy, and panache. . . . Important, fascinating, and moving." - The Washington Post Book World "Excellent. . . . An enthralling story, told with a novelist's zest." - The New York Times Book Review "Splendid. . . . Chernow does a wonderful job fleshing out the lives of the major characters in this family drama." - The Wall Street Journal "[Ron Chernow] has surpassed himself in this absorbing chronicle." - The New Yorker "This is grand-scale scholarship. . . . It is all here, along with so much of the painful, tumultuous history of our time, all in one splendid book." -David McCullough, author of The Wright Brothers "Ron Chernow's blockbuster history traces the heart-rending saga of this German-Jewish banking family. . . . Despite his scrupulous documentation of sources, Chernow is never less than readable. A graceful and lucid writer, he offers old-fashioned narrative in the grand style." - Newsday "The history of a fascinating family. . . . What we learn about in this book is people. . . . Chernow is very good at bringing them to life. He has a sharp eye for detail. . . . One can open the book anywhere and enjoy it." - The New Republic "Ron Chernow . . . has made the stories of these four brothers the cornerstones of a dark, though not quite tragic, family saga. [He is] a graceful writer with an eye for the telling anecdote. . . . The result is a book of considerable pathos and immediacy. . . . Through his portrait of this complex dynastic organism, he sheds interesting light on various larger historical themes." -The Boston Globe "Excellent family history. . . . This chronicle of one of the most important banking families in history tells us much about the people. . . . A great, and lengthy, saga." - The Times (London) "The Warburgs stand revealed as a family more fortune-kissed, fated and fascinating even than the Kennedys, and . . . just as important . . . and now their story has been ably told." -The New York Daily Newsshow more

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