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Rothschild : the wealth and power of a dynasty /
Derek Wilson.
1st American ed. --
New York : Scribner, 1988.
ix, 490, [8] p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
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New York : Scribner, 1988.
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Includes indexes.
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Bibliography: p. 475-480.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-07:
The fabulously wealthy and influential Rothschilds have fascinated the public for nearly two centuries, and there are numerous books about them. Wilson, a British freelance writer and broadcaster, has produced the newest work and one of the most thorough. Wilson surveys the family from the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt, where Mayer Amschel Rothschild founded the family bank, through the national branches built by his sons, to the present day. Wilson undertook considerable archival research and obtained several interviews with members of the family, so he adds some details to our knowledge. The merits of his work include paying greater attention to the Rothschild women, a vigorous presentation of European anti-Semitism, and good introductions to historical contexts. Consequently, this book supersedes such recent general studies as Frederic Morton's The Rothschilds (1962). It cannot replace the detailed studies of individual branches of the family, notably R.W. Davis's The English Rothschilds (1983) and Anka Muhlstein's Baron James: The Rise of the French Rothschilds (1982). Scholars will still reply upon the massive and detailed work by Bertrand Gille, Histoire de la maison Rothschild (2 v., Geneva, 1965-1967). Wilson provides a good bibliography, notes, genealogical tables, and illustrations, but not maps. Recommended for general readers and undergraudate students. -S. C. Hause, University of Missouri--St. Louis
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