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Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and, later, 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 20th century.
©2016 Ron Chernow (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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 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 Truman)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Helen R. Cook on 05-08-17

Terrible reader!

The story of the Warburgs is fascinating, compelling. Unfortunately, the reader has made rendered it almost impossible to listen to through his terrible mispronunciation of common words and a strange emphasis which ends most sentences with and urgency not intended by the author.
I did, however, manage to struggle through to end.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-06-17

I am never disappointed my Mr. Chernow!

The way history and perspective is woven into the a fine stories of his subjects is unmatched.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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