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The fall of the House of Speyer : the story of a banking dynasty

Author: George W Liebmann
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The dramatic story of the last fifty years of the Speyer banking dynasty, a Jewish family of German descent, is surprisingly little known today, yet at the turn of the twentieth century, Speyer was the third largest investment banking firm in the United States, behind only Morgan and Kuhn, Loeb. It had branches in London, Frankfurt and New York, and the projects it financed included the Southern Pacific Railroad,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Spira family.; James Speyer; Edgar Speyer; Spira, släkt.; Spira family.; Edgar Speyer; Speyer, Familie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George W Liebmann
ISBN: 9781784531768 1784531766
OCLC Number: 909251043
Description: xii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ENGLAND --
1.The London Tube: `Perhaps the finest of its kind in the world' --
2.English Philanthropy: `Preparing for emigration and colonial life' --
3.The House of Music: `The greatest examples of Music and Art are world possessions and unassailable even by the passions and prejudices of the hour' --
4.The Scott Expeditions: `The most interesting little sketch of our mountain' --
5.Leonora: `She would dominate any room she entered' --
6.Influence on the Liberal Party: `Capital to develop the good things which nature has stored up for the use and benefit of mankind' --
7.Anti-Germanism and its Consequences: `It will be a terrible thing if we English go to war with us Germans' --
AMERICA --
8.Mediation Efforts: `The side which was temporarily elated became increasingly attached to the fetish of total victory' --
9.Ellin: `The qualities of essential womanhood as it was understood in the days before feminism became synonymous with unrest' Note continued: 10.Carlotta: `A woman who greatly needed to be the wife and muse of genius' --
11.US Railway Promotions: `Diminishing waste and giving spectacular evidence of the productivity of modern labours' --
12.Cuban Loans: `A good customer for our manufactured goods' --
13.Philippine Railroads: `Poor business propositions' --
14.Mexican Railroads: `Failure to recognize the raw materials of a great social revolution' --
15.Brazilian Loans: `Brazil always will have a great future' --
16.Bolivian Railroads: `Like bleeding an anaemic body to leave it destroyed' --
17.Industrial and Municipal Investments: `A landmark in the history of revenue bond financing' --
GERMANY --
18.Rehabilitating Central Europe: `We have not simply sold them to the public. We have some ourselves' --
19.Last Days in Germany: `The Peace Treaty makes no provision for the economic reconstruction of Europe. The diplomats ... have created no substitute for the old economic units'
Other Titles: House of Speyer
Responsibility: George W. Liebmann.

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First history of influential international banking family.  Read more...

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A solid work of financial and social history. They don't make bankers like this anymore - Wall Street Journal (01/27/2016)

 
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