|Plot Summary of The Warburgs|
|"This book traces the lives of one of the great German Jewish banking families from its beginnings through the end of the 20th century. The M. M. Warburg Bank was started in 1798 in Hamburg and flourished modestly through the 19th century under the guidance of one family member or another. At the end of the century control fell to Moritz Warburg and his 22 year old son Max. It was Max who built the banking company into a major economic force in Germany and the larger world up until the Nazi take over in the 1930's.
The family branched out into the United States when Max's brothers, Paul and Felix, married into wealthy New York banking families. Chernow describes Paul's importance in American politics as perhaps the major force in the inception of the Federal Reserve System and Felix's significance in charitable work.
Following the family through the twentieth century, Chernow details Jimmy Warburg's involvement in the Democratic Party as an advisor to Adlai Stevenson, Eric Warburg's career in intelligence work for the United States Army, and Sir Siegmund Warburg's financial successes in London after World War II, as well as the lives and careers of many other members of the family."
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Warburgs|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- business executive
- long lived adults
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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