In this evocative new book, historian David Kynaston tells the fascinating story of Anthony de Rothschild (1887–1961). Through access to never previously consulted diaries and letters, a three-dimensional picture emerges of a complex and thoughtful man guiding the City’s most famous merchant bank through the turbulent years between the 1920s and 1950s.
In politics, he was open-minded and constructive whilst in his philanthropy, not least through his leading role in helping Jewish refugees (especially children) to leave Nazi Germany for England, he was thoughtful and generous. Austere on the surface but warm beneath, impatient equally of fools and idealogues, always searching for how he could contribute to make a better world – Anthony de Rothschild deserves, arguably more than almost anyone else in the twentieth-century City, to be known properly by later generations.
Text by David Kynaston
Book design by Sally McIntosh
23.5 x 15.6 cm, portrait
David Kynaston has been a professional historian since 1973. His many books include a four-volume history of the City of London, the centenary history of the Financial Times, and a history of the Bank of England. He is currently engaged on a multi-volume history of post-war Britain, so far reaching 1962.
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