The Warburgs: the twentieth-century odyssey of a remarkable Jewish family

by Ron Chernow

Hardcover, 1993




New York : Random House, c1993.


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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Whiskey3pa
Well written and engaging story of the German Jewish banking family. Their influence was felt across Europe and the US for the 20th century. A challenge to cover so many lives in a single volume that Chernow met with ease. Good reading.
LibraryThing member ibkennedy
Fascinating read
LibraryThing member librisissimo
I suspect it is a really good book (based on others' ratings), but I have run out of time to read the mega-histories from Europe's past.




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