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A jaundiced view
5 June 2016
I enjoyed the beginning of this book. The rise and rise of the Rothschilds was well documented. The way the patriarch demonstrated his significant political skill made fascinating reading. And so the book progressed. There were setbacks but, because the Rothschilds always worked together, they got one another out of some pretty tricky situations. However, the latter stages of the book were far too one-eyed. It was almost as if the author was being paid by the Rothschilds to write a favourable history of the family. It was a shame that the book came through like this because it certainly is a fascinating, talented, wealthy, intelligent family which has made significant contributions in the fields of science, banking, collecting (of all sorts), architecture (particularly around building enormous houses for themselves), diplomacy and so on. There was no need for this book to fall into what appeared to be sycophancy towards the end.
I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in history and the role that this amazing family has played across Europe.