Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2012/05/11

Amos Elon’s Rothschild Biography

Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Mayer Amschel Rothschild (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I happened to be at the library the other day trying to find a quiet place to catch up on my various projects on the computer. Yet, with every adventure of the day, there is always a pleasant surprise to share. Today, my eyes landed on Amos Elon‘s Founder.

As background, I have been in a continuous discussion with my significant other about the influence of the banking houses of our present time. Even today, J P Morgan, made news by investing or gambling with two billion dollars, depending on your own point of view. The commentators on public radio were mentioning that little had changed since the fall of Lehman Brothers and the Great Recession‘s prolonged existence when it came to responsible banking conduct.

So, a biography on Meyer Amschel Rothschild peaked my interest as to the possible root of our present world situation. History DOES repeat itself as King Solomon reminded us. And, I recommend this book for that very reason. Rothschild and his family were molded by many political, social, and spiritual issues to produce a dynamo that still exists to this day. And, while one is reading this fascinating history of family development in merchant banking, one will see other names, places, and entities that still hold a certain power presently.

Rothschild’s era and our era have the same questionable financial foibles, social standards, and political practices that are still pressing the poor into types of enslavement, still prompting greed at the highest levels of society, and still dividing the ‘haves’ from the ‘have nots.’ This chilling portrayal promotes the Horatio Alger stories, but at a cost to mankind on many levels.

This book was published in 1996 by Viking, but its detail of the late 1700s can be found in our ‘prosperous’ world societies at this moment.

I have not been able to put down the book for very long. Founder is a quick, intricate read!

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