This panoramic biography of Siegmund Warburg reveals a complex man who built international banking in response to the great turbulence of the 20th century. Given access to previously unavailable personal letters and diaries, Niall Ferguson, a history professor at Harvard, spent 12 years profiling this singular man, who was shaped by early-20th-century Prussian Europe and lived through World War I, the rise of Nazism, the dark years of the Holocaust and post-World War II reconstruction. The book’s title aptly describes Warburg’s “lives,” since he reinvented himself in the face of world and personal events. Ferguson artfully weaves Warburg’s motives, business environment and family intrigues into the political evolution of Western Europe and the US. getAbstract highly recommends this detailed, readable biography of an extraordinary man.
In this summary, you will learn
- What historic factors shaped Siegmund Warburg’s life,
- How Warburg built his financial empire and
- What personality traits helped him succeed as an international banker and globalization visionary.
About the Author
Niall Ferguson teaches history at Harvard University and wrote Empire, The Cash Nexus, The Ascent of Money and several other books.
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