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In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. From the East End of London to the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Spitalfields to Scottish castles, from Bletchley Park to Buchenwald, and from the Vatican to Palestine, Natalie Livingstone follows t In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. From the East End of London to the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Spitalfields to Scottish castles, from Bletchley Park to Buchenwald, and from the Vatican to Palestine, Natalie Livingstone follows the extraordinary lives of the Rothschild women from the dawn of the nineteenth century to the early years of the twenty-first. As Jews in a Christian society and women in a deeply patriarchal family, they were outsiders. Excluded from the family bank, they forged their own distinct dynasty of daughters and nieces, mothers and aunts. They became influential hostesses and talented diplomats, choreographing electoral campaigns, advising prime ministers, advocating for social reform, and trading on the stock exchange. Misfits and conformists, conservatives and idealists, performers and introverts, they mixed with everyone from Queen Victoria to Chaim Weizmann, Rossini to Isaiah Berlin, and the Duke of Wellington to Alec Guinness, as well as with amphetamine-dealers, suffragists and avant-garde artists. Rothschild women helped bring down ghetto walls in early nineteenth-century Frankfurt, inspired some of the most remarkable cultural movements of the Victorian period, and in the mid-twentieth century burst into America, where they patronized Thelonious Monk and drag-raced through Manhattan with Miles Davis. Absorbing and compulsive, The Women of Rothschild gives voice to the complicated, privileged, and gifted women whose vision and tenacity shaped history.


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In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. From the East End of London to the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Spitalfields to Scottish castles, from Bletchley Park to Buchenwald, and from the Vatican to Palestine, Natalie Livingstone follows t In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. From the East End of London to the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Spitalfields to Scottish castles, from Bletchley Park to Buchenwald, and from the Vatican to Palestine, Natalie Livingstone follows the extraordinary lives of the Rothschild women from the dawn of the nineteenth century to the early years of the twenty-first. As Jews in a Christian society and women in a deeply patriarchal family, they were outsiders. Excluded from the family bank, they forged their own distinct dynasty of daughters and nieces, mothers and aunts. They became influential hostesses and talented diplomats, choreographing electoral campaigns, advising prime ministers, advocating for social reform, and trading on the stock exchange. Misfits and conformists, conservatives and idealists, performers and introverts, they mixed with everyone from Queen Victoria to Chaim Weizmann, Rossini to Isaiah Berlin, and the Duke of Wellington to Alec Guinness, as well as with amphetamine-dealers, suffragists and avant-garde artists. Rothschild women helped bring down ghetto walls in early nineteenth-century Frankfurt, inspired some of the most remarkable cultural movements of the Victorian period, and in the mid-twentieth century burst into America, where they patronized Thelonious Monk and drag-raced through Manhattan with Miles Davis. Absorbing and compulsive, The Women of Rothschild gives voice to the complicated, privileged, and gifted women whose vision and tenacity shaped history.

30 review for The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is a very dense history book, and as per the author's notes, mostly concerns the women of the British branch of the family, and I would add, particularly in the more modern years of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a little French and German parts of the family thrown in for visits, matchmaking and weddings and family gatherings. The information about the women could not be presented without about half of the text relating to the male figures, so my initial expectations about the book diff This is a very dense history book, and as per the author's notes, mostly concerns the women of the British branch of the family, and I would add, particularly in the more modern years of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a little French and German parts of the family thrown in for visits, matchmaking and weddings and family gatherings. The information about the women could not be presented without about half of the text relating to the male figures, so my initial expectations about the book differed from that actual text. This work certainly involved a lot of research and dedication, and provides an interesting addition to women's history. Having completed this book, I kind of wonder about the women in the other branches of the family in the other parts of Europe and wherever else they lived. The Rothschild women were often advisors and partners of their husbands, even though, they were specifically left out of family businesses by the founder Mayer Amschel Rothschild. With their name, wealth, and connections, the women played significant roles in the march of political, economic, geopolitical, social and artistic history. The wealth and business did not necessarily shield them from the anti-Semitic nature of the world, from sickness, early death, unhappy marriages and lives, and many misfortunes. As the family grew and spread, beyond the original the generations of the founders, Mayer and Gutle, and their five sons, and became more integrated into general culture, it seems to me, they became unmoored from the original moral boundaries, with some major exceptions. Perhaps the fact that so many cousins married each other through the generations, there may have been a genetic component to mental and physical health issues that many faced. I am not sure I would have completed this book if I had not won it in the giveaway and had a personal commitment to review it. It certainly is the kind of book that I most like to read, and I am glad that I finished it. Not all of the pursuits were so interesting to me, so there was room for some skimming. It was challenging to keep up with all of the names and relationships, particularly as many of the names were used many times through out the 250 years covered in this history. Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for the advance copy of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    The Women of Rothschild The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingston I am a bit of a conspiracy theorist so the chance for a deep look into the Rothchild's was definitely an exciting prospect for me. It was really an enigmatic look into the building of an empire into a world of wealth that seemingly ignores what the women in the family accomplish. Interesting really considering they were used a lot in the banking world as what the men considered, free labor. Even since The Women of Rothschild The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingston I am a bit of a conspiracy theorist so the chance for a deep look into the Rothchild's was definitely an exciting prospect for me. It was really an enigmatic look into the building of an empire into a world of wealth that seemingly ignores what the women in the family accomplish. Interesting really considering they were used a lot in the banking world as what the men considered, free labor. Even since the very start the family have been entrepreneurs and widely independent. They have had their fingers in many pies over the centuries and seeing just where these women fit has really been quite interesting. The fact that they accomplished what they accomplished back then, during a time where Jews were treated like vermin, is actually quite inspiring. The clause in Mayer’s will must have been heartbreaking for his daughters but I bet it didn’t come as any real surprise. It was really quite an insightful read. I had no idea of the inner workings of the earlier Rothchild’s and how independent and savvy a lot of the women were. I would love to know more to be honest, about the family. I felt this book, while well researched, opened up a rabbit hole for me now. I have questions. It was a little spiritless, I felt the tone was a little one dimensional. I felt it could have done with tonality and a little personality into the writing but that might be just me. It could have been a lot more gripping of a read with a little color. The author did a lot of research and it was stitched together very well. It was a very pragmatic approach for providing the history. Definitely worth the read and if you have an interest in the Rothchild's or are a conspiracy theorist like me, this is one for your shelves. Thank you Netgalley and St Martin's Press for my ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaffareadstoo

    The only thing I knew about the Rothschild family before starting this comprehensive book was that they were very rich, and that their name derived from the German, Rotes Schild, or Red Shield. From their humble origins in the Judengrasse in Frankfurt we see the start of the family when in 1770 Mayer Amschel Rothschild married Gutle Snapper and by hard work and enterprise the dynasty started to spread beyond the confines of Frankfurt into Europe and beyond. I found the early part of the book fas The only thing I knew about the Rothschild family before starting this comprehensive book was that they were very rich, and that their name derived from the German, Rotes Schild, or Red Shield. From their humble origins in the Judengrasse in Frankfurt we see the start of the family when in 1770 Mayer Amschel Rothschild married Gutle Snapper and by hard work and enterprise the dynasty started to spread beyond the confines of Frankfurt into Europe and beyond. I found the early part of the book fascinating, the history of the period, the way the family accumulated their wealth and the way in which the Rothschild women were, by and large, overshadowed in favour of their more dominant male siblings and cousins. The book is a comprehensive account of this dynastic family and as such it took me a little while to read it as it's not one to be rushed but rather savoured in small doses. Easy to dip into and out of and nicely divided into four distinct sections I found much to enjoy, especially learning more about some of the individual female members of the Rothschild family, enjoying getting to know more about their strengths and weaknesses. Meticulously researched and with a wide breadth of information I was surprised by just how accessible the book was, never overly complicated with too much historical detail and yet filled with a realistic sense of time passing. It's a beautifully presented book with some colour plates and a comprehensive notes and index section. I especially appreciated the teal colour which highlights the section changes. The Women of Rothschild gives a strong voice to those women who, it must be said, played a huge role in the financial growth of this iconic family and yet whose important contributions have been seriously overlooked for generations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    THE WOMEN OF ROTHSCHILD: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingstone St. Martin's Press Out Oct 25 I learned so much about the Rothschild dynasty while reading Natalie Livingstone's intriguing history of its women. Jewish in a Christian world, the family started in extreme poverty and amassed great wealth over time. The author contends that the Rothschild women, while never able to work in the family's bank during the early 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th, we THE WOMEN OF ROTHSCHILD: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingstone St. Martin's Press Out Oct 25 I learned so much about the Rothschild dynasty while reading Natalie Livingstone's intriguing history of its women. Jewish in a Christian world, the family started in extreme poverty and amassed great wealth over time. The author contends that the Rothschild women, while never able to work in the family's bank during the early 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th, were still influential in the rise of the family's social status as well as its gain in riches. The extraordinary story gripped me as it moved from London to the U.S. Eastern seaboard, from Scotland to Bletchley, and from Buchenwald to the Vatican to Palestine. Well-written and researched, The Women of Rothschild is highly recommended for history buffs and readers captivated by real life stories of influential women. Brava, Natalie! Thanks to the author, St. Martin's Press, and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. #TheWomenOfRothschild #StMartinsPress#NatalieLivingstone #NetGalley #HistoryOfWorldsMostFamousDynasty #19thCenturyHistory #20thCenturyHistory #bookstagramcommunity

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingstone is an in-depth look at the full lineage of the fascinating women of the Rothschild family. This book is a full and all-encompassing look at all of the formidable, fascinating, and extensive list of women that have been part of this infamous family. The author has clearly done her research and I am impressed and stunned by the amount of facts and material that she has presented. It at times was a bi The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingstone is an in-depth look at the full lineage of the fascinating women of the Rothschild family. This book is a full and all-encompassing look at all of the formidable, fascinating, and extensive list of women that have been part of this infamous family. The author has clearly done her research and I am impressed and stunned by the amount of facts and material that she has presented. It at times was a bit mind-jumbling to try to keep all of it straight, but the author presents the material in appropriate and sensible ways to help the reader follow through. Unfortunately with it not being available for kindle, I was unable to enlarge the lovely family tree images at the beginning, which is such a shame. It would have really added to the learning experience. I enjoyed learning more about this family. 4/5 stars Thank you NG and St. Martin’s Press for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts immediately upon publication on 7/26/22.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Flapper72

    An enjoyable read. Inheritance in the Rothschild family was through the male line. Yes, I know, that was 'normal' a couple of hundred years ago but this was a clear stipulation of the will. Yet the women were a powerful group who achieved things on their own terms. They were integral to the running of the family bank and developing the family lines across Europe (and I don't just mean due to having the children but actually making the families integral to their new societies). Having money facil An enjoyable read. Inheritance in the Rothschild family was through the male line. Yes, I know, that was 'normal' a couple of hundred years ago but this was a clear stipulation of the will. Yet the women were a powerful group who achieved things on their own terms. They were integral to the running of the family bank and developing the family lines across Europe (and I don't just mean due to having the children but actually making the families integral to their new societies). Having money facilitated some level of eccentricity in some of the family, which I enjoyed, but it also speaks of women who achieved great things despite their surname, not because of it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    Publication date: August 9, 2022 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own and may be affected by the fact that it is snowy, windy and cold outside and we are in lockdown version 5.0, and I have nothing better to do than read three or more books a day??. In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous R Publication date: August 9, 2022 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own and may be affected by the fact that it is snowy, windy and cold outside and we are in lockdown version 5.0, and I have nothing better to do than read three or more books a day??. In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. From the East End of London to the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Spitalfields to Scottish castles, from Bletchley Park to Buchenwald, and from the Vatican to Palestine, Natalie Livingstone follows the extraordinary lives of the Rothschild women from the dawn of the nineteenth century to the early years of the twenty-first. As Jews in a Christian society and women in a deeply patriarchal family, they were outsiders. Excluded from the family bank, they forged their own distinct dynasty of daughters and nieces, mothers and aunts. They became influential hostesses and talented diplomats, choreographing electoral campaigns, advising prime ministers, advocating for social reform, and trading on the stock exchange. Misfits and conformists, conservatives and idealists, performers and introverts, they mixed with everyone from Queen Victoria to Chaim Weizmann, Rossini to Isaiah Berlin, and the Duke of Wellington to Alec Guinness, as well as with amphetamine-dealers, suffragists and avant-garde artists. Rothschild women helped bring down ghetto walls in early nineteenth-century Frankfurt, inspired some of the most remarkable cultural movements of the Victorian period, and in the mid-twentieth century burst into America, where they patronized Thelonious Monk and drag-raced through Manhattan with Miles Davis. Absorbing and compulsive, The Women of Rothschild gives voice to the complicated, privileged, and gifted women whose vision and tenacity shaped history.In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. From the East End of London to the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from Spitalfields to Scottish castles, from Bletchley Park to Buchenwald, and from the Vatican to Palestine, Natalie Livingstone follows the extraordinary lives of the Rothschild women from the dawn of the nineteenth century to the early years of the twenty-first. As Jews in a Christian society and women in a deeply patriarchal family, they were outsiders. Excluded from the family bank, they forged their own distinct dynasty of daughters and nieces, mothers and aunts. They became influential hostesses and talented diplomats, choreographing electoral campaigns, advising prime ministers, advocating for social reform, and trading on the stock exchange. Misfits and conformists, conservatives and idealists, performers and introverts, they mixed with everyone from Queen Victoria to Chaim Weizmann, Rossini to Isaiah Berlin, and the Duke of Wellington to Alec Guinness, as well as with amphetamine-dealers, suffragists and avant-garde artists. Rothschild women helped bring down ghetto walls in early nineteenth-century Frankfurt, inspired some of the most remarkable cultural movements of the Victorian period, and in the mid-twentieth century burst into America, where they patronized Thelonious Monk and drag-raced through Manhattan with Miles Davis. Absorbing and compulsive, The Women of Rothschild gives voice to the complicated, privileged, and gifted women whose vision and tenacity shaped history. one of the funniest things I have seen recently was a scene from "Paris in Love" where they tricked her into thinking she was getting married in a field as "Nikki got married at Kensington Palace":. Well, Nikki was marrying a ROTHSCHILD!!! (And she was raised Catholic and is probably still a shiksa as it has never been revealed if she converted as she went as far as having her first marriage annulled.) I ADORED Natalie's book The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power and Intrigue in an English Stately Home so I was utterly stoked to read this book as I expected and got great things. That (and Paris' field joke) aside, this was a fascinating look into the dynasty that was full of interesting and powerful women. This is not a feminist manifesto but a look into how these women made the family the dynasty it is. A perfect book for a lover of social history and a great book club pick if you are in search of an excellently written biography of a family that is still a force to be reckoned with in the financial world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    This book is absolutely fascinating and I learned a lot from it. I didn’t know much about the Rothschilds at all before reading it and certainly nothing about the women of the family. The women may have been outsiders in some ways, being female in this patriarchal family and Jews in a predominately Christian society, but it mustn’t be overlooked that by and large they were incredibly privileged and that the wealth of their family gave them many opportunities. As is often the case, history largely This book is absolutely fascinating and I learned a lot from it. I didn’t know much about the Rothschilds at all before reading it and certainly nothing about the women of the family. The women may have been outsiders in some ways, being female in this patriarchal family and Jews in a predominately Christian society, but it mustn’t be overlooked that by and large they were incredibly privileged and that the wealth of their family gave them many opportunities. As is often the case, history largely focusses on men with women getting an occasional mention as a wife, mother or daughter. Here Natalie Livingstone brings the women out from the shadows of their illustrious husbands and puts them at the forefront of her book. The women are so interesting and here are just a few of the stories which really caught my attention. I have to start of course with Gutle whose marriage to Mayer Amschel Rothschild in 1770 really begins the story. Their five sons founded the Rothschild dynasty but their daughters were never to inherit any of the family’s wealth directly. In the early 1800s, Hannah de Rothschild campaigned for Jewish liberty and emancipation. Her daughter, Hannah Mayer Rothschild, was proposed to by an Austrian prince, shocked the family by marrying outside the faith in 1839 and later suffered the tragic loss of a young son. That Hannah’s niece Constance (later Lady Battersea) was involved in campaigning for social reform and her 1922 memoir Reminiscences was very positively received, selling enough copies to earn Constance some royalties. I found Miriam Rothschild (b 1908) particularly fascinating. She was a renowned zoologist and heavily involved in the environmental issues. Highly intelligent, she was recruited to work as a translator at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. I hope I have got the relationships correct – there were a lot of Rothschild women to keep up with! To mention those women above is just to touch on the memorable women of the Rothschild family. The book is impeccably and extensively researched and the author has brought together her findings in a compelling and very accessible way. It’s as much a social history as it is the history of the Rothschild women. The hardback is a physically beautiful book that would not be out of place on any coffee table. It’s a well written book revealing so much about this remarkable family and would be enjoyed by anyone with an interest of the role of women in history, albeit women from a extraordinarily privileged family.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Metzger Karmiol

    The Women of Rothschild is a fascinating history of women's lives during the 19th,and 20th centuries. What is especially interesting is their transformation from absolute poverty to great wealth. Their Judaism is always present and alive in their lives. However, Judaism in a Christian world is often a hinderance that curtails progress, but that does not stop these women. Author Natalie Livingstone has given the Rothschild women a great deal of credit for the family's transformation from poverty The Women of Rothschild is a fascinating history of women's lives during the 19th,and 20th centuries. What is especially interesting is their transformation from absolute poverty to great wealth. Their Judaism is always present and alive in their lives. However, Judaism in a Christian world is often a hinderance that curtails progress, but that does not stop these women. Author Natalie Livingstone has given the Rothschild women a great deal of credit for the family's transformation from poverty to wealth. Livingstone creates a novel that is rich in small and big stories. It is never boring and is always interesting. However, I think having a genealogical map handy would be wonderful. The problem with ebooks is the inability to flip back to the front pages to look at the family map. I found that anytime I had to put the book down, that I needed a few refresher moments to sort through the women. I thought this history was fascinating and obviously carefully researched. I appreciate that the publisher provided this ARC for me to read. Receiving ARC to read is always nice, but it never influences my review. And thank you to NetGalley for introducing me to so many wonderful new authors.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    The Women of Rothschild is an engrossing, engaging and utterly compelling personal look into the lives of the Rothschild women from the time of founding father Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his wife Gutle in the 18th century through the French Revolution to the world wars to recent times. Talk about a brilliant book! The sheer amount of information presented is astounding. Natalie Livingstone meticulously researched and along with photographs, family tree and vivid descriptions tells the story of The Women of Rothschild is an engrossing, engaging and utterly compelling personal look into the lives of the Rothschild women from the time of founding father Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his wife Gutle in the 18th century through the French Revolution to the world wars to recent times. Talk about a brilliant book! The sheer amount of information presented is astounding. Natalie Livingstone meticulously researched and along with photographs, family tree and vivid descriptions tells the story of the women in particular, the parts they played and their roles of the times. Some of them were fiercely independent and bucked social norms; some were traditional. The family was known as the "Jewish Royal Family", living in the difficult world where Jews were slandered and treated abysmally. But over time the women raised their children to blend with Christians. Their name was connected with Disraeli, Gladstone, P. T. Barnum and Tom Thumb as well as Queen Victoria and the wealthy London set. Not only does Livingstone describe personal details such as feelings toward Judaism, finance, childbirth, medical conditions and treatment of the time, death and sorrow (one death from a boil) but also luxurious homes and hosting majestic balls. Weddings, marriages and child-rearing are described, amongst the most fascinating information in the book in my opinion. Rothschilds were fodder for cartoon satires and wrote fascinating wills which often slighted the women. The women's personalities are as varied as can be in a family. Learning about what drove them politically, socially, religiously and personally was such a pleasure. If you are even slightly intrigued by this family, do read this book. It is lengthy but riddled with interesting stories which makes me feel smarter. Well worth reading. My sincere thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this riveting and fabulous book. I enjoyed it tremendously!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mitsy_Reads

    I’m sure you all have heard of the famous Rothschild family, one of the wealthiest in the world. But it’s always about the Rothschild men, isn’t it? Never the women… 📚 In this new non-fiction, the author gives a spotlight to the women in Rothschild overshadowed by the powerful men in the dynasty. 📚 I was particularly interested in Pannonica Rothschild, who lived for her love for jazz and nurtured the bepop. And Miriam Rothschild who pursued her interest in natural history and science. 📚 It is very cl I’m sure you all have heard of the famous Rothschild family, one of the wealthiest in the world. But it’s always about the Rothschild men, isn’t it? Never the women… 📚 In this new non-fiction, the author gives a spotlight to the women in Rothschild overshadowed by the powerful men in the dynasty. 📚 I was particularly interested in Pannonica Rothschild, who lived for her love for jazz and nurtured the bepop. And Miriam Rothschild who pursued her interest in natural history and science. 📚 It is very clear that the author spent a lot of energy to research about these women, but for me the book was too focused on facts rather than the author’s views on these women’s lives. It felt more like a textbook than an in-depth investigative non-fiction I usually prefer unfortunately. 📚 However, I am aware that some non-fiction readers prefer books that don’t reflect the author’s own views and interpretation, so if that’s your thing, this book would be great for you! 📚 I can recommend this book if you like… 👉History books 👉Facts oriented non-fiction books 👉Books on feminism / feminist figures 👉Beautiful covers❤️

  12. 4 out of 5

    Firetruckmama

    I received an e-ARC version of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. “The Women of Rothschild” by Natalie Livingstone is a very detailed book about the women of the Rothschild family. Ms. Livingstone has obviously done her research and it showed in this book. While at times the information was dense (and I felt fortunate to have read a book about the first Mrs. Rothschild previously, so I knew her story and the first generation children going in), I felt that Ms. Livingstone did the best tha I received an e-ARC version of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. “The Women of Rothschild” by Natalie Livingstone is a very detailed book about the women of the Rothschild family. Ms. Livingstone has obviously done her research and it showed in this book. While at times the information was dense (and I felt fortunate to have read a book about the first Mrs. Rothschild previously, so I knew her story and the first generation children going in), I felt that Ms. Livingstone did the best that she could both explaining and presenting the information. This was not a quick read book as there’s a lot of information packed into this book - so do take your time when reading. It was refreshing to learn more about the women of the Rothschild family - as the males are well known, but these Rothschild women are important in their own ways to the dynasty. I do wish that this book had been available for Kindle, as I could’ve then more easily read the book itself and enlarged the family tree in the beginning of the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lea Columbus

    I want to thank Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the chance to read this as an ARC. I knew very little about the Rothschild Family before I started to read this book. I had only the bare bones of knowledge. This is a very well written and researched book. It tells the story of this fascinating family from the female perspective. The Rothschild women were a strong brave intelligent and successful group as a whole. They were diverse and authentic. They were influential in their families and t I want to thank Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the chance to read this as an ARC. I knew very little about the Rothschild Family before I started to read this book. I had only the bare bones of knowledge. This is a very well written and researched book. It tells the story of this fascinating family from the female perspective. The Rothschild women were a strong brave intelligent and successful group as a whole. They were diverse and authentic. They were influential in their families and their countries.The book begins with the Matriarch- Gutle in 1753 in Frankfurt and ends with Miriam who died in 2005. The lives of these women are interwoven with political and world events. The focus is always in the women and the family , and they are a fascinating group. As I said, it is a well researched book. This is one that I might recommend reading in hardback, as there are pages of footnotes that are easier to flip back and forth to in a book. There is also a family tree that I wanted to flip to on several occasions. This a good book, one I would like to reread.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Arevik Heboyan

    What amazing research and intriguing writing! Huge appreciation to NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to get an ARC of this research. It is interesting, that only by reading this work, I realize that despite a vast amount of literature and research on the dynasty of Rothschild, we always read and concentrate on the founder of the dynasty and all the decisions his male descendants made. Surely, times and values were different and most of the time women, who were raised and stood by men were What amazing research and intriguing writing! Huge appreciation to NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to get an ARC of this research. It is interesting, that only by reading this work, I realize that despite a vast amount of literature and research on the dynasty of Rothschild, we always read and concentrate on the founder of the dynasty and all the decisions his male descendants made. Surely, times and values were different and most of the time women, who were raised and stood by men were very much in the shadow, given their roles, but especially in Jewish culture, the role of the mother, amma of the family, is pretty heavy. Which is tried to be portrayed in this work. The women of Rothschild managed to create a spirit and inspire their husbands/sons, help them in their way from poverty to absolute world power, and managed to keep values, beliefs, and religion in their lives. An absolute must-read for anyone interested in the history of Rothschilds, 19-20 century history, why not feminist movement. An easy and pretty fascinating read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stratos Filalithis

    Not bad at all, I genuinely enjoyed this. I wish I could do half-stars, because this book is more of a 3.5/5 for me. It’s very comprehensive, educational and provides an open window to the life, and achievements of selected women of the Rothschild dynasty. Main reason for not going higher was that, for some chapters especially in the first two parts pf the book, I didn’t feel it was the women’s story that was told. There are a lot of references to the establishment of the banking operations, focus Not bad at all, I genuinely enjoyed this. I wish I could do half-stars, because this book is more of a 3.5/5 for me. It’s very comprehensive, educational and provides an open window to the life, and achievements of selected women of the Rothschild dynasty. Main reason for not going higher was that, for some chapters especially in the first two parts pf the book, I didn’t feel it was the women’s story that was told. There are a lot of references to the establishment of the banking operations, focussing on the England branch, and less on the influence the women had. On the other hand, this helped my understand better the wider family and the background it provided. In the latter parts, it goes the other way: focus entirely on the women and almost forget about the background. This is what I expected to happen a lot more throughout this book, hence the 3.5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Giovanna Walker

    Wasn't sure about this when I picked it up, but pleasantly surprised and learnt a lot. Some parts were dry, of course, but mostly very enlightening. It was interesting to read about how the Rothchild's 'rose' in the $ stakes, but the great resource were the letters. Imagining what it must have been like for women of lesser wealth....everyday women....scary. The misogyny amongst the family, breathtaking, the de-valuing of women - when many of the women WERE the caretakers of both the business and Wasn't sure about this when I picked it up, but pleasantly surprised and learnt a lot. Some parts were dry, of course, but mostly very enlightening. It was interesting to read about how the Rothchild's 'rose' in the $ stakes, but the great resource were the letters. Imagining what it must have been like for women of lesser wealth....everyday women....scary. The misogyny amongst the family, breathtaking, the de-valuing of women - when many of the women WERE the caretakers of both the business and family. Many books have talked about the 'family' but focussed almost exclusively on the men (one example of 34,140 lines of text 34,000 are devoted to the men. Wow. I really enjoyed this different perspective, whether or not I agreed with their choices, was a great insight across the 'ages'.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I found this to be an infinitely interesting book, about a world-famous family who, over the centuries, has made its mark in finance, art, culture, and religion. However, this book speaks of the Rothschild women as opposed to the men in the family, and the marks they made, not only in their own families, but to society as a whole. As the decades passes and women became more able to speak their minds and follow their own interests, so did these women, and the world is a better place for them. My t I found this to be an infinitely interesting book, about a world-famous family who, over the centuries, has made its mark in finance, art, culture, and religion. However, this book speaks of the Rothschild women as opposed to the men in the family, and the marks they made, not only in their own families, but to society as a whole. As the decades passes and women became more able to speak their minds and follow their own interests, so did these women, and the world is a better place for them. My thanks to NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book; all opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This book is so well researched and presented that I read it in just two sittings. The stories of the Rothschild women is engrossing and surprisingly enlightening. The years that these women lived in should have made them subservient, obedient wallflowers. Instead, they became leaders of social reform, societal leaders and dabblers in the politics of the day. A great book for those of us who praise our suffragette ancestors. Thank you NetGalley for providing this copy. The review here is solely m This book is so well researched and presented that I read it in just two sittings. The stories of the Rothschild women is engrossing and surprisingly enlightening. The years that these women lived in should have made them subservient, obedient wallflowers. Instead, they became leaders of social reform, societal leaders and dabblers in the politics of the day. A great book for those of us who praise our suffragette ancestors. Thank you NetGalley for providing this copy. The review here is solely my own opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I loved this book. Natalie Livingstone tells great stories of the Rothschild women with lots of historical context. It is neither a paean nor a muckraking story. I feel that it is an objective look at these women, with their strengths and flaws. The book covers lots of ground so Livingstone doesn’t really linger over any particular stories. The writing is crisp and a pleasure to read. This book is well worth reading. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the advance reader copy. I loved this book. Natalie Livingstone tells great stories of the Rothschild women with lots of historical context. It is neither a paean nor a muckraking story. I feel that it is an objective look at these women, with their strengths and flaws. The book covers lots of ground so Livingstone doesn’t really linger over any particular stories. The writing is crisp and a pleasure to read. This book is well worth reading. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the advance reader copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Su Carter

    I greatly enjoyed this biography of the women who were born a Rothschild or married to become one. The span of history and the ease of writing made this a ‘must read’ book for me. The only complaint I have is the family tree at the beginning of the book. I found it difficult to follow and as I needed to ‘see’ where different women had come from, especially as sometimes different generations had the same given name. Thank you Natalie Livingstone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monica Darbyshire

    This was an interesting dive into this historically accurate time period. I enjoyed the stories of these women and how they were able to thrive in yesterday's society. This was a very well researched book and was well-written. However, the information was extremely dense at times and was difficult to follow in some of the mundane background information. Thank you, NetGalley, for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was an interesting dive into this historically accurate time period. I enjoyed the stories of these women and how they were able to thrive in yesterday's society. This was a very well researched book and was well-written. However, the information was extremely dense at times and was difficult to follow in some of the mundane background information. Thank you, NetGalley, for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jess Barker

    In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. The one word I would use to describe this book is FASCINATING. Apart from the name I had absolutely no knowledge of the Rothschild family and for this to be primarily about the women made it all the more exciting to read! It is a stunning book inside and out. With a very useful family tree at the front of the book, there are so many Cha In The Women of Rothschild, Natalie Livingstone reveals the role of women in shaping the legacy of the famous Rothschild dynasty, synonymous with wealth and power. The one word I would use to describe this book is FASCINATING. Apart from the name I had absolutely no knowledge of the Rothschild family and for this to be primarily about the women made it all the more exciting to read! It is a stunning book inside and out. With a very useful family tree at the front of the book, there are so many Charlotte’s and Hannah’s over the decades it’s very helpful to refer back to. Livingstone has clearly done her research and written this in such a way that it almost feels like you’re reading fiction. I found it easy to digest and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Rothschild women. Starting way back in 1753 with the absolute legend that was Gutle through generations of amazing women right up to the present day. My favourite women that stood out to me were Hannah (Cohen), Charlotte, Miriam and Nica, however they were all incredible in so many ways. Thank you so much to @thisis_espresso and @the_women_of_rothschild for sending me a beautiful gifted copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon-anne Leach

    Very interesting It was an extremely interesting read but it would benefit from a family tree! The intermarriage combined with the many similar names [multiple Hannahs for example) it can get confusing with the best will in the world. Really unusual and a total punt when I bought it but glad I did!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nino Meladze

    Very informative book with lots of facts and line of history about this famous family and especially the strength in female line. For me, the book was very dry, lacking more details and more insight into characters rather than narrative of facts.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jan Duthie

    I had heard of one or two of the more modern ladies of the family but this excellent book gives bones to the history of the family and brings the ladies out from the shadow of their menfolk and shines a light on their achievements.

  26. 5 out of 5

    philippa ackerman

    a fascinating and excellently researched history of the Rothschild female lines. Any one interested in European history would enjoy this book. It comes as a surprise how these women have retained their commitment to Israel and Jewish culturr

  27. 5 out of 5

    Helen Carolan

    A little disappointing. Like her previous book Ms Livingstone skims over the lives of these women and I felt we learned hardly anything about them.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane Lord-Hodgkiss

    Interesting and well written, but tries to cram in too many characters - very difficult to follow who’s who.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    This was an interesting read. It was a part of American history I was not familiar with. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an early read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill Wolf

    Only really relating to the British Rothschilds and very focused on Myriam Rothschild but well written and entertaining.

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