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The Rothschilds ❮Download❯ ➶ The Rothschilds Author Virginia Cowles – Polishdarling.co.uk Perhaps no other name in history can so truly encapsulate the phrase rags to riches as Rothschild does In the late eighteenth century, it was a gentle, astute Jew born in a Frankfurt ghetto, Mayer Ams Perhaps no other name in history can so truly encapsulate the phrase rags to riches as Rothschild does In the late eighteenth century, it was a gentle, astute Jew born in a Frankfurt ghetto, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, whose interest in old coins and canny investments would set the family on the path to becoming one of the most powerful dynasties of Europe Ennobled by the Austrian Emperor, soon the Rothschild name would become a household name Kings and princes, generals and businessmen, whether their move was political or economic, in a time of war or a time of peace, the controlling force behind them would be the Rothschild family Dazzlingly rich, the energetic, brilliant and downright extraordinary members of the Rothschild family were the force responsible for innovations in banking throughout the nineteenth century Times have changed and dynasties crumbled, but this marvelously rich history tells how The Rothschilds always endure.

    Kindle Edition Å The Rothschilds MOBI ï and princes, generals and businessmen, whether their move was political or economic, in a time of war or a time of peace, the controlling force behind them would be the Rothschild family Dazzlingly rich, the energetic, brilliant and downright extraordinary members of the Rothschild family were the force responsible for innovations in banking throughout the nineteenth century Times have changed and dynasties crumbled, but this marvelously rich history tells how The Rothschilds always endure."/>
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  • The Rothschilds
  • Virginia Cowles
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  • 06 September 2017

About the Author: Virginia Cowles

Harriet Virginia Spencer Cowles OBE was a noted American journalist, biographer, and travel writer During her long career, Cowles went from covering fashion, to covering the Spanish Civil War, the turbulent period in Europe leading up to World War II, and the entire war Her service as a correspondent was recognized by the British government with an Order of the British Empire OBE in After the war, she published a number of critically acclaimed biographies of historical figures In , while traveling with her husband in France, she was killed in an automobile accident near Biarritz.



10 thoughts on “The Rothschilds

  1. Steven Peterson Steven Peterson says:

    This is a workmanlike biography of a family the Rothschilds, whose financial accomplishments were extraordinary for the time The book is functionally written, not elegantly so But the information and detail makes this a fine work Regrettably, the book was published some time ago It would be nice to see where the family is today But that is a mere cavil.The tale begins many years ago, in Hamburg Germany, as Mayer Amschel Rothschild, living in a Jewish ghetto, began his business career in a This is a workmanlike biography of a family the Rothschilds, whose financial accomplishments were extraordinary for the time The book is functionally written, not elegantly so But the information and detail makes this a fine work Regrettably, the book was published some time ago It would be nice to see where the family is today But that is a mere cavil.The tale begins many years ago, in Hamburg Germany, as Mayer Amschel Rothschild, living in a Jewish ghetto, began his business career in a modest way What is astonishing how from these humble beginnings in business he and his successors developed a financial empire This volume does an excellent job in tracing the evolution of the family and making the various figures into human beings.Over time, the family s influence spread, with branches of the family business appearing in Austria, Italy, France, and Great Britain, as well as of course Germany Over time, the family trimmed back from this far flung network.However, the family remained a major player for many years One key factor is how well the brothers and nephews and grandsons were able to work together over time Over the centuries, there were some ne er do wells, but I found it very interesting to see how hard the family worked for the most part There were times that the Rothschilds could tame cross national fiscal downturns reminiscent of later figures, e.g., in the United States to Astors and J P Morgan.Over time, the role of any family could no longer dominate Thus, it it of much interest to see how the family adapted Some moved toward success in the wine industry, for example.All in all, a very well rendered family biography Well worth reading

  2. Rex Fuller Rex Fuller says:

    Suffering with complete ignorance of the Rothschilds and mild curiosity about them, I picked this one to learn And I did.The original patriarch, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, started the family business of banking in Frankfurt in the 1760 s His sons and grandsons proliferated the bank s branches to include London, Paris, Naples, and Vienna, where they became the leading banking houses in each location but always operated as a family unit In the process, they became the source of the excuse for ra Suffering with complete ignorance of the Rothschilds and mild curiosity about them, I picked this one to learn And I did.The original patriarch, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, started the family business of banking in Frankfurt in the 1760 s His sons and grandsons proliferated the bank s branches to include London, Paris, Naples, and Vienna, where they became the leading banking houses in each location but always operated as a family unit In the process, they became the source of the excuse for racist fear mongering against the international Jewish conspiracy Eventually, by current times the banks have dropped to two branches, London and Paris The family is simply one of the most accomplished and wealthiest in the modern world Throughout, the family has produced brilliant business men, scientists male and female, philanthropists, vintners yes, they are Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild, collectors, breeders, and racers of horses, boats, and cars Throughout their history family members took first honors at Cambridge and Oxford The Balfour Declaration was addressed to a Rothschild and a Rothschild financed the settlement of Jews in Palestine, virtually founding the modern state of Israel In World War II they served bravely in the military and as spies Six of them earned both the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d Honneur Maybe most startling, they have created almost no scandal In short, they have shown character and talent and many of them worked very hard.Highly detailed and fairly even handed, this is a careful exposition of a fascinating family

  3. Koit Koit says:

    This is a brief glance at the Rothschild family bringing them up to date, or at least as up to date as they were about fifty years ago I found the book essentially a work of praise for the family, and while I have no ideological qualm about them, I do doubt any biography that spans about two hundred years and does no find a single thing that could be criticised.From the first, the members of the family are brought to the forefront and described in their brilliant schemes in the service of gov This is a brief glance at the Rothschild family bringing them up to date, or at least as up to date as they were about fifty years ago I found the book essentially a work of praise for the family, and while I have no ideological qualm about them, I do doubt any biography that spans about two hundred years and does no find a single thing that could be criticised.From the first, the members of the family are brought to the forefront and described in their brilliant schemes in the service of governments and against opposing banking factions All s good, but there could have been a lotdepth to the story While the writing is accessible, it is therefore not a thorough picture that s painted for the reader s viewing, and in many a case it seemed that extra effort had been put in to find a quote from yet another politician to praise the family.At the same time, the technological innovativeness which enabled the family to carry out some of its banking manoeuvres was not really described, giving only half a look into what and how they won their fortunes Therefore, this makes a better bedtime story than a good research overview, and there re plenty of gaps left to fill in after reading this book This review was originally posted on my blog.

  4. Meredith Meredith says:

    There are no poor Rothschilds, only Rothschilds who are richer than other Rothschilds When you re in the right place at the right time, and you make your money by being indispensable to friends in high places without attempting to compete with them This is a family of staggering achievement and immense influence The story of the development of the Rothschild merchant bank from arising in the late 1700s is really quite amazing, and so many of the pivotal moments of the last two hundred years There are no poor Rothschilds, only Rothschilds who are richer than other Rothschilds When you re in the right place at the right time, and you make your money by being indispensable to friends in high places without attempting to compete with them This is a family of staggering achievement and immense influence The story of the development of the Rothschild merchant bank from arising in the late 1700s is really quite amazing, and so many of the pivotal moments of the last two hundred years of European history were directly influenced by this close knit family They seemed to be everywhere in Europe, pulling the financial puppet strings behind major events and personalities Given the multiple intermarriages of generations of Rothschilds, the inclusion of a family tree would have served this book well It s impossible to keep track of who s who I had to consult Wikipedia often Of course I can find all the information on the internet but it wasentertaining to read this book.The book started out a bit slowly, but it picked up and continued to accelerate The book weakens considerably toward the end when the author s writing takes on a breathless, gushing fangirl air like you d find in an old copy of Teen Beat Here s an example of eye rolling magazine prose typical of this book Cousin Evelyn, on the other hand, graces all the most amusing London parties Tall, dark and handsome, he is much admired by the ladies and, like his father, has a splendid stud farm and takes a keen interest in racing The last few pages gush effusively about what lovely hostesses the Rothschild wives are, and which of their children are clever, antique needle points are in their converted Victorian tea pavilions, that it becomes nearly unreadable Maybe the author worked for the PR branch of the company Anyway, despite the prissiness, still the point is that these were remarkable people, and likely still are today The book is a bit out of date, since it was written forty five years ago and most of the people who are described like rock stars in the present tense are now dead, or likely nearly so It makes me wonder if the vitality, savvy and intelligence born of two centuries of ferocious inbreeding has yet taken its toll on the current generation A couple of small details that someone like me finds irritating it s very annoying to read animals referred to as it when their sex is known, because it makes the writing seem cold Why not he and she And there were also some weirdly distracting typos Roman numerals didn t come through very well in the e book You probably wouldn t see them in a print copy

  5. Lora Grigorova Lora Grigorova says:

    The Rothschilds A Family of Fortune every wealthy and old family the Rothschilds are surrounded by numerous rumors and unconfirmed stories From the idea that they control the world through their vast wealth still not proven to the story that they knew the outcome of the Waterloo battle before the British Government true they are one of the most hated and admired families alive Back in the 18th century an uneducated Jew of the name of Mayer Rot The Rothschilds A Family of Fortune every wealthy and old family the Rothschilds are surrounded by numerous rumors and unconfirmed stories From the idea that they control the world through their vast wealth still not proven to the story that they knew the outcome of the Waterloo battle before the British Government true they are one of the most hated and admired families alive Back in the 18th century an uneducated Jew of the name of Mayer Rothschild living in the poor ghetto of Frankfurt set to conquer the merchant and banking world For me it was quite a revelation that Jews were as hated and deprived back then as they were during Nazi time, which understandably adds to the admiration for the old Mayer, who managed to rise above the persecutions and restrictions and form one of the most wealthiest and powerful families ever And I am not just saying that because I work there.His five sons were strategically sent to the five banking capitals of the world at that time London, Paris, Vienna, Naples and Frankfurt The rest is a history of the constant interaction between the Rothschilds and whatever was happening in Europe at the time They were involved in the opposition against Napoleon, they provided financing for numerous armies fighting the French emperor, they supported the Jews in establishing their new found state of Israel, they participated both physically and financially in both World Wars Any important political or social development in Europe was ultimately connected to or influenced by the Rothschilds in some way Numerous generations continued the legacy of old Mayer and his five sons, establishing the Rothschilds as the most prominent bankers of the 19th century Due to various reasons three of the branches Naples, Vienna and Frankfurt ultimately closed, but the supremacy of the French and British Rothschilds is evident up to this date.Read

  6. SR SR says:

    The info is new to me and interesting enough as interesting as a history of Europe and Israel in the last two centuries can be, when told from the perspective of bankers.However, the writing is poor, the organization is sloppy and achronological, and the last chapter is basically the equivalent of a Vogue profile.

  7. Asif Asif says:

    I had started reading The House of Morgans and decided to finish this one instead I thought the rise of the Rothchilds will beexciting to read and also it happened at an earlier time than the Morgans The first half of the book was interesting but the second half was quite a drag The author seemed to be a bit biased towards the family.

  8. Mary Mary says:

    Being published 44 years ago, it a wildly out of date Interesting though to find out how the European banking dynasty started and how they spread over Europe A bit dry in places and a family tree would have helped as there were so many of them.

  9. Peter Peter says:

    The amount of research that went into this book is truly staggering.Not everyone will enjoy The Rothschilds but for those of us with an interest in finance and history, it is a gem It is not an easy read largely because of the Rothschilds rules about not marrying outside of the family One reviewer commented that it would have been easier to read had there been a family tree There might be some truth in that but with cousins repeatedly marrying cousins you would have needed a skilled drafts pe The amount of research that went into this book is truly staggering.Not everyone will enjoy The Rothschilds but for those of us with an interest in finance and history, it is a gem It is not an easy read largely because of the Rothschilds rules about not marrying outside of the family One reviewer commented that it would have been easier to read had there been a family tree There might be some truth in that but with cousins repeatedly marrying cousins you would have needed a skilled drafts person to come up with something remotely understandable.What a remarkable family To come from a Hamburg ghetto and end up being one of the most powerful families in the world The accumulation of wealth in the early 1800s would put even Warren Buffet to shame To think that Nathaniel could turn twenty thousand pounds into fifty million pounds in London is truly staggering.Virginia Cowles did a fantastc job with The Rothschilds and I dread to think how many years the research and writing took A brilliant, well written masterpiece

  10. Mandy Mandy says:

    A very pedestrian and really quite uninspired biography of the Rothschilds The facts are all there, and the research has obviously been painstaking and thorough, but none of the family come alive and in fact I found it hard to really distinguish one from another The author seems to think they are all equally praiseworthy And although I am well aware that the Rothschilds are famous for their financial skills, reading about each and every deal they have ever made became increasingly tedious I A very pedestrian and really quite uninspired biography of the Rothschilds The facts are all there, and the research has obviously been painstaking and thorough, but none of the family come alive and in fact I found it hard to really distinguish one from another The author seems to think they are all equally praiseworthy And although I am well aware that the Rothschilds are famous for their financial skills, reading about each and every deal they have ever made became increasingly tedious I learnt a lot but didn t particularly enjoy the learning

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10 thoughts on “The Rothschilds

  1. Steven Peterson Steven Peterson says:

    This is a workmanlike biography of a family the Rothschilds, whose financial accomplishments were extraordinary for the time The book is functionally written, not elegantly so But the information and detail makes this a fine work Regrettably, the book was published some time ago It would be nice to see where the family is today But that is a mere cavil.The tale begins many years ago, in Hamburg Germany, as Mayer Amschel Rothschild, living in a Jewish ghetto, began his business career in a This is a workmanlike biography of a family the Rothschilds, whose financial accomplishments were extraordinary for the time The book is functionally written, not elegantly so But the information and detail makes this a fine work Regrettably, the book was published some time ago It would be nice to see where the family is today But that is a mere cavil.The tale begins many years ago, in Hamburg Germany, as Mayer Amschel Rothschild, living in a Jewish ghetto, began his business career in a modest way What is astonishing how from these humble beginnings in business he and his successors developed a financial empire This volume does an excellent job in tracing the evolution of the family and making the various figures into human beings.Over time, the family s influence spread, with branches of the family business appearing in Austria, Italy, France, and Great Britain, as well as of course Germany Over time, the family trimmed back from this far flung network.However, the family remained a major player for many years One key factor is how well the brothers and nephews and grandsons were able to work together over time Over the centuries, there were some ne er do wells, but I found it very interesting to see how hard the family worked for the most part There were times that the Rothschilds could tame cross national fiscal downturns reminiscent of later figures, e.g., in the United States to Astors and J P Morgan.Over time, the role of any family could no longer dominate Thus, it it of much interest to see how the family adapted Some moved toward success in the wine industry, for example.All in all, a very well rendered family biography Well worth reading


  2. Rex Fuller Rex Fuller says:

    Suffering with complete ignorance of the Rothschilds and mild curiosity about them, I picked this one to learn And I did.The original patriarch, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, started the family business of banking in Frankfurt in the 1760 s His sons and grandsons proliferated the bank s branches to include London, Paris, Naples, and Vienna, where they became the leading banking houses in each location but always operated as a family unit In the process, they became the source of the excuse for ra Suffering with complete ignorance of the Rothschilds and mild curiosity about them, I picked this one to learn And I did.The original patriarch, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, started the family business of banking in Frankfurt in the 1760 s His sons and grandsons proliferated the bank s branches to include London, Paris, Naples, and Vienna, where they became the leading banking houses in each location but always operated as a family unit In the process, they became the source of the excuse for racist fear mongering against the international Jewish conspiracy Eventually, by current times the banks have dropped to two branches, London and Paris The family is simply one of the most accomplished and wealthiest in the modern world Throughout, the family has produced brilliant business men, scientists male and female, philanthropists, vintners yes, they are Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild, collectors, breeders, and racers of horses, boats, and cars Throughout their history family members took first honors at Cambridge and Oxford The Balfour Declaration was addressed to a Rothschild and a Rothschild financed the settlement of Jews in Palestine, virtually founding the modern state of Israel In World War II they served bravely in the military and as spies Six of them earned both the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d Honneur Maybe most startling, they have created almost no scandal In short, they have shown character and talent and many of them worked very hard.Highly detailed and fairly even handed, this is a careful exposition of a fascinating family


  3. Koit Koit says:

    This is a brief glance at the Rothschild family bringing them up to date, or at least as up to date as they were about fifty years ago I found the book essentially a work of praise for the family, and while I have no ideological qualm about them, I do doubt any biography that spans about two hundred years and does no find a single thing that could be criticised.From the first, the members of the family are brought to the forefront and described in their brilliant schemes in the service of gov This is a brief glance at the Rothschild family bringing them up to date, or at least as up to date as they were about fifty years ago I found the book essentially a work of praise for the family, and while I have no ideological qualm about them, I do doubt any biography that spans about two hundred years and does no find a single thing that could be criticised.From the first, the members of the family are brought to the forefront and described in their brilliant schemes in the service of governments and against opposing banking factions All s good, but there could have been a lotdepth to the story While the writing is accessible, it is therefore not a thorough picture that s painted for the reader s viewing, and in many a case it seemed that extra effort had been put in to find a quote from yet another politician to praise the family.At the same time, the technological innovativeness which enabled the family to carry out some of its banking manoeuvres was not really described, giving only half a look into what and how they won their fortunes Therefore, this makes a better bedtime story than a good research overview, and there re plenty of gaps left to fill in after reading this book This review was originally posted on my blog.


  4. Meredith Meredith says:

    There are no poor Rothschilds, only Rothschilds who are richer than other Rothschilds When you re in the right place at the right time, and you make your money by being indispensable to friends in high places without attempting to compete with them This is a family of staggering achievement and immense influence The story of the development of the Rothschild merchant bank from arising in the late 1700s is really quite amazing, and so many of the pivotal moments of the last two hundred years There are no poor Rothschilds, only Rothschilds who are richer than other Rothschilds When you re in the right place at the right time, and you make your money by being indispensable to friends in high places without attempting to compete with them This is a family of staggering achievement and immense influence The story of the development of the Rothschild merchant bank from arising in the late 1700s is really quite amazing, and so many of the pivotal moments of the last two hundred years of European history were directly influenced by this close knit family They seemed to be everywhere in Europe, pulling the financial puppet strings behind major events and personalities Given the multiple intermarriages of generations of Rothschilds, the inclusion of a family tree would have served this book well It s impossible to keep track of who s who I had to consult Wikipedia often Of course I can find all the information on the internet but it wasentertaining to read this book.The book started out a bit slowly, but it picked up and continued to accelerate The book weakens considerably toward the end when the author s writing takes on a breathless, gushing fangirl air like you d find in an old copy of Teen Beat Here s an example of eye rolling magazine prose typical of this book Cousin Evelyn, on the other hand, graces all the most amusing London parties Tall, dark and handsome, he is much admired by the ladies and, like his father, has a splendid stud farm and takes a keen interest in racing The last few pages gush effusively about what lovely hostesses the Rothschild wives are, and which of their children are clever, antique needle points are in their converted Victorian tea pavilions, that it becomes nearly unreadable Maybe the author worked for the PR branch of the company Anyway, despite the prissiness, still the point is that these were remarkable people, and likely still are today The book is a bit out of date, since it was written forty five years ago and most of the people who are described like rock stars in the present tense are now dead, or likely nearly so It makes me wonder if the vitality, savvy and intelligence born of two centuries of ferocious inbreeding has yet taken its toll on the current generation A couple of small details that someone like me finds irritating it s very annoying to read animals referred to as it when their sex is known, because it makes the writing seem cold Why not he and she And there were also some weirdly distracting typos Roman numerals didn t come through very well in the e book You probably wouldn t see them in a print copy


  5. Lora Grigorova Lora Grigorova says:

    The Rothschilds A Family of Fortune every wealthy and old family the Rothschilds are surrounded by numerous rumors and unconfirmed stories From the idea that they control the world through their vast wealth still not proven to the story that they knew the outcome of the Waterloo battle before the British Government true they are one of the most hated and admired families alive Back in the 18th century an uneducated Jew of the name of Mayer Rot The Rothschilds A Family of Fortune every wealthy and old family the Rothschilds are surrounded by numerous rumors and unconfirmed stories From the idea that they control the world through their vast wealth still not proven to the story that they knew the outcome of the Waterloo battle before the British Government true they are one of the most hated and admired families alive Back in the 18th century an uneducated Jew of the name of Mayer Rothschild living in the poor ghetto of Frankfurt set to conquer the merchant and banking world For me it was quite a revelation that Jews were as hated and deprived back then as they were during Nazi time, which understandably adds to the admiration for the old Mayer, who managed to rise above the persecutions and restrictions and form one of the most wealthiest and powerful families ever And I am not just saying that because I work there.His five sons were strategically sent to the five banking capitals of the world at that time London, Paris, Vienna, Naples and Frankfurt The rest is a history of the constant interaction between the Rothschilds and whatever was happening in Europe at the time They were involved in the opposition against Napoleon, they provided financing for numerous armies fighting the French emperor, they supported the Jews in establishing their new found state of Israel, they participated both physically and financially in both World Wars Any important political or social development in Europe was ultimately connected to or influenced by the Rothschilds in some way Numerous generations continued the legacy of old Mayer and his five sons, establishing the Rothschilds as the most prominent bankers of the 19th century Due to various reasons three of the branches Naples, Vienna and Frankfurt ultimately closed, but the supremacy of the French and British Rothschilds is evident up to this date.Read


  6. SR SR says:

    The info is new to me and interesting enough as interesting as a history of Europe and Israel in the last two centuries can be, when told from the perspective of bankers.However, the writing is poor, the organization is sloppy and achronological, and the last chapter is basically the equivalent of a Vogue profile.


  7. Asif Asif says:

    I had started reading The House of Morgans and decided to finish this one instead I thought the rise of the Rothchilds will beexciting to read and also it happened at an earlier time than the Morgans The first half of the book was interesting but the second half was quite a drag The author seemed to be a bit biased towards the family.


  8. Mary Mary says:

    Being published 44 years ago, it a wildly out of date Interesting though to find out how the European banking dynasty started and how they spread over Europe A bit dry in places and a family tree would have helped as there were so many of them.


  9. Peter Peter says:

    The amount of research that went into this book is truly staggering.Not everyone will enjoy The Rothschilds but for those of us with an interest in finance and history, it is a gem It is not an easy read largely because of the Rothschilds rules about not marrying outside of the family One reviewer commented that it would have been easier to read had there been a family tree There might be some truth in that but with cousins repeatedly marrying cousins you would have needed a skilled drafts pe The amount of research that went into this book is truly staggering.Not everyone will enjoy The Rothschilds but for those of us with an interest in finance and history, it is a gem It is not an easy read largely because of the Rothschilds rules about not marrying outside of the family One reviewer commented that it would have been easier to read had there been a family tree There might be some truth in that but with cousins repeatedly marrying cousins you would have needed a skilled drafts person to come up with something remotely understandable.What a remarkable family To come from a Hamburg ghetto and end up being one of the most powerful families in the world The accumulation of wealth in the early 1800s would put even Warren Buffet to shame To think that Nathaniel could turn twenty thousand pounds into fifty million pounds in London is truly staggering.Virginia Cowles did a fantastc job with The Rothschilds and I dread to think how many years the research and writing took A brilliant, well written masterpiece


  10. Mandy Mandy says:

    A very pedestrian and really quite uninspired biography of the Rothschilds The facts are all there, and the research has obviously been painstaking and thorough, but none of the family come alive and in fact I found it hard to really distinguish one from another The author seems to think they are all equally praiseworthy And although I am well aware that the Rothschilds are famous for their financial skills, reading about each and every deal they have ever made became increasingly tedious I A very pedestrian and really quite uninspired biography of the Rothschilds The facts are all there, and the research has obviously been painstaking and thorough, but none of the family come alive and in fact I found it hard to really distinguish one from another The author seems to think they are all equally praiseworthy And although I am well aware that the Rothschilds are famous for their financial skills, reading about each and every deal they have ever made became increasingly tedious I learnt a lot but didn t particularly enjoy the learning


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